DETROIT — Eddie Joe Lloyd broke into tears as he talked about Michelle Jackson, the Detroit teenager whose brutal rape and murder sent him to prison for 17 years.
A judge overturned Lloyd's conviction Monday after DNA tests showed he couldn't have killed the 16-year-old girl.
"If Michelle Jackson could have spoke from the grave, she would have told everybody Eddie Lloyd didn't do it," Lloyd said after he was freed.
Despite the lack of physical evidence, Lloyd was convicted in 1985 based heavily on a taped confession he made to Detroit police while he was in a mental hospital.
Lloyd said the officer who interviewed him indicated that his confession would help "flush out the real killer."
"I had no idea I would spend the next 17 years in prison," said Lloyd, 54.
On Monday, Lloyd hugged his sisters and talked about finally meeting his grandchildren.
"I want to run the 50-or 100-yard dash with my grandbabies," Lloyd said.
He said he wanted to repair his relationship with his family and perhaps have a career working with children, "to be a productive citizen so they can say, 'There's old man Lloyd. He's all right.' "