An Ohio man has been cleared of the murder of his wife after an investigation showed he was never involved in the murder. Malcolm Smith was 75 years old when he was charged with the 1963 death of his wife Barbara. In 1968, during an investigation, his name emerged among people said to have been involved in the murder. Fourteen years after her death, he was charged with the crime. He had been convicted two years later, receiving a life sentence with no chance of parole. But on Monday, an Ohio judge set aside his conviction, ruling that the investigation against Smith was not thorough enough.
Smith’s case is reminiscent of that of Terrance Crutcher, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma last year after his car broke down on a road. He was suspected of assaulting an officer. A video of his last moments showed him running away and then being shot. Police say he had a switchblade in his hand at the time. But an autopsy showed that the knife he was holding was a small pocket knife. Crutcher had been unarmed. The officer was arrested and later indicted on a murder charge.