Man jailed 19yrs for a crime he never committed finally released after identical twin brother confessed he’s the murderer

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A man who spent nearly 20 years in prison for a crime he never committed has gained his freedom after his identical twin brother confessed he was the prime suspect.

Identified as Kevin Dugar, the distraught man was freed from the Cook County Jail in Chicago on Tuesday night after a motion for bond was granted, his lawyer, Ronald Safer, told The Post.

“He is overjoyed to be free but is also adjusting to a world that is quite different from the world he left 20 years ago when he was arrested for this crime he did not commit,” the attorney said Thursday.

Dugar was hurled behind bars for his role in a 2003 fatal shooting of a rival gang member.

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But the case was called into question when his twin brother, Karl Smith, came forward in 2016 to issue the stunning confession that he was responsible for the deadly shooting.

Despite this, a judge ruled that Smith’s admission wasn’t credible and declined to offer his twin a new trial.

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At the time, Smith was already serving a 99-year sentence for a home invasion that left a child shot in the head. Smith had also recently been denied an appeal.

NYpost also adds Dugar and his attorney are hoping the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office will review the evidence and drop Dugar’s case entirely.

“We are hopeful that the State does the right thing and dismisses this case. But if the State persists, we look forward to vindicating Kevin at trial,” the attorney said.

As a condition of his release, Dugar will live in a residential transitional facility.


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