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‘It’s like everything lifted’: Paul Shane Garrett exonerated of murder charges 21 years later

Paul Shane Garrett

Paul Shane Garrett is a free man, 21 years after a murder investigators now say he was falsely convicted of committing. 

Garrett, 48, was convicted of manslaughter in 2003 in connection with the 2000 North Nashville killing of Velma Tharpe, 30. On Wednesday, Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Angelita Dalton accepted a motion to dismiss all charges against Garrett. 

The moment marked the last step in a yearslong battle fought by his family, lawyers and advocates. 

Outside the downtown Nashville courtroom on Wednesday, Garrett occasionally paused to wipe tears away or clear his throat as he spoke with press. He said hearing Dalton utter the words that finally brought his case to a close was “priceless.”

“It’s like everything lifted,” he said. “It took a tremendous team to do this.”  Read more >>