DECATUR, Ga. -- "I am granting a motion and ordering your immediate release." The voice of the Dekalb county judge still rings in Clarence Harrison's ears. How could he possibly forget. That was the moment he was given his life back.
The moment came after 18 years in a prison for a rape and robbery he didn't commit. Harrison was the first person exonerated by the Georgia Innocence project.
They found lost DNA proof of his innocence.
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Almost ten years after his release, his story is being told in an unexpected way.
Musician Melanie Hammet wanted to write one song about Harrison.She interviewed him for hours about his life behind bars and life after prison.
Hammet says, "It was actually extremely hard to be alone with my guitar and this story that Clarence told us."
One song became an entire CD.
Harrison says, "She goes inside my ordeal and pulls it out."
What Hammet pulled out and put to music and words, the moment Harrison saw his mother's face after he was convicted... the freedom he found after prison driving alone in his truck.
Each song is the story of a man robbed of time, a man trying to find his way in a world that changed and moved on without him.
Melanie helped Clarence find his voice. Through music they found each another. Hammet jokes, "Yeah, we're friends. Even though he's a lot older than me." They burst out laughing.
A man horribly wronged has retained his gentle spirit, accepting each new day on the outside.
"Life can't be wasted."