Original headline: 26 years in custody and retrial for 6 years Liu Zhonglin's intentional homicide case was acquitted today.Liu Zhonglin, who was detained for 26 years for intentional homicide, received a verdict after a six-year retrial. This morning, the Jilin Provincial High Court reconfirmed the verdict that Liu Zhonglin was innocent.
On October 28, 1990, villagers from Huimin Village, Dongliao County, Jilin Province repaired a river and dug out a woman's body in the ground. The dead person was a girl Zheng Dirong who was missing for more than a year. Then 22-year-old Liu Zhonglin was identified as a murder suspect.
On October 29, 1990, the 22-year-old Liu Zhonglin was arrested on suspicion of intentional homicide by the Dongliao Public Security Bureau. He was scrutinized on October 30 and arrested on November 8. During the interrogation, Liu Zhonglin made a total of 15 confessions, including 6 innocent confessions and 9 guilty confessions.
On July 11, 1994, Liu Zhonglin was sentenced to death at the first instance of the Intermediate People's Court of Liaoyuan City and suspended for two years.
On August 8, 1995, Jilin High Court approved the death penalty judgment. From the first instance to the approval stage, Liu Zhonglin never had a defense lawyer and repeatedly denied the killing.
In the period of serving his sentence, Liu Zhonglin continued to appeal for 7 years with the help of his brother-in-law Wang Guizhen.
On March 28, 2012, Jilin Provincial High Court announced the retrial of the case, January 22, 2016 The 48-year-old Liu Zhonglin was released from prison. At this time, the retrial decision made by the High Court of Jilin Province has passed nearly 4 years. On April 25, 2016, the case was retried for trial. Zhang Yupeng, an attorney who re-reviewed the case, said that the original case of the case was convicted solely on verbal evidence, and that the verbal evidence included Liu Zhonglin’s contradictory multiple confessions.
At 9 am on April 20, 2018, the High Court of Jilin Province publicly pronounced the case. The court rejudged that Liu Zhonglin was not guilty.