Saturday, September 4, 2010
A Wichita man who spent a decade protesting his conviction in 2000 for attempted murder, has been freed after serving 11 years in prison.
The state Court of Appeals ruled last spring that Nathaniel Swenson didn't get an adequate defense from his trial lawyer. Then Sedgwick County District Judge Ben Burgess ruled in August that prosecutors denied Swenson his constitutional right to due process by neglecting to bring him back to court for 72 days.
Swenson was convicted in 2000 of shooting Freddie Hooks Jr. Swenson lost his first appeal in 2002. But a year later, he filed his own motion claiming ineffective assistance of his legal counsel.
Swenson was 21 when he was convicted. Now 32, he tells The Wichita Eagle that he wants to become a nutritionist.