Man freed by UB Innocence Project died in March, school says

Malcolm Bryant addresses the audience at a UB School of Law symposium on wrongful convictions on Sept. 29, 2016. Professor Michele Nethercott, director of UB’s Innocence Project Clinic, is at right. (University of Baltimore School of Law)

Malcolm Bryant addresses the audience at a UB School of Law symposium on wrongful convictions on Sept. 29, 2016. Professor Michele Nethercott, director of UB’s Innocence Project Clinic, is at right. (University of Baltimore School of Law)

A Baltimore man exonerated last year after 18 years in jail for murder has died.

Malcolm Jabbar Bryant was 23 when he was charged with the murder of Toni Bullock, who was fatally stabbed Nov. 20, 1998. New DNA evidence last May exonerated Bryant, who was represented by the Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Michele Nethercott, the clinic’s director, worked on Bryant’s case for eight years.

The law school, citing an online funeral notice, announced Tuesday that Bryant died March 8, less than one year after his release. He was 42.

Bryant was convicted of first-degree murder in 1999 and sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years. He was identified in a photo array by Bullock’s friend, who was with her when she was assaulted by the killer but managed to escape.

Prosecutors reopened the investigation into Bullock’s murder and re-interviewed witnesses, experts and others involved in the case. Testing on DNA found on Bullock’s shirt near the wound and on her fingernail clippings was found not to be Bryant’s.

At a hearing last May, Bryant’s conviction was vacated and the charges were dismissed. He was released May 11.

In a television interview that night, the UB blog reports Bryant offered hope to other wrongfully convicted prisoners: “Don’t give up. An angel is coming.”

Bryant also spoke at the school’s symposium on wrongful convictions in September.

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  1. The only picture accompanying your article should be of Malcolm Jabbar Bryant; he was the one who endured wrongful incarceration, the one who died too young.

  2. Malcolm is my brother. He stayed with me for a
    Short time after his incarceration. People do not realize how much phycological damage prison does to a person. All he wanted was peace and his family. I still remember meeting him at the hospital a few days after his release. He was so pleasant. When I looked at him I could still he the little boy that I used to play with when he came to visit at our dad’s house. I thank Attorney Michele Nevercott for helping my brother.

  3. Ms. Takeah Skanes
    I wish to extend my sincere condolences to you and the members of your family regarding the passage of your brother Malcom Jabbar Bryant, our fellow Exoneree.

    As Maryland’s 1st Exoneree, I feel truly sadden that I as well as other Exonerees from Maryland were not informed of Malcolm’s transition for us to be able to extend our sympathies and support to your family and I shall make every effort that I may to share this information with the other Exonerees across the USA because we are ONE. It is a National Registry of Exonerees and I make every effort to network with all be ause we have endured the same injustice, just in a different city and different court. Please contact me at Md1stExoneree@gmail.com

    Thank You,

    Leslie Vass

  4. Soooooooooo VERY sad that this INNOCENT young man’s life was WASTED because of an error & “establishment’s” REFUSAL to TIMELY review evidence which exonerated him! SHAME, SHAME! He, his family/friends were robbed and, although I do NOT know him, my deepest sympathy to those he left behind.

    I am presently trying to help INNOCENT friends/couple who’s lives have have been RUINED because of politics, rush to “judgement”, INCOMPETENT legal representation, etc. I am fighting a “system” that does NOT care (NO response/FORM letter responses to my letters), ARROGANT/SMUG with their conviction and NO conscience for the TRUTH or conviction of the INNOCENT!!!

    GOD bless & help the WRONGLY convicted,

  5. Nothing but outrage brings me to this page tonight. Once again innocence abused, justice denied and endless suffering. What legal system are we proud of here after 18 years of injustice triumphant? Hopelessly I reach out to help! But through so much suffering surrounding us where does one start. Exonerees need more and I will reach out to try and support them in my own miserable way .However none of this will stop until the privileged class of lawyers decide to fight for justice and truth and integrity, in lieu of money and prestige. The major law firms need to come together in the name of what they claim to represent, JUSTICE GOD DAMN IT! coming together would enable DNA testing and the ability to pool resources to investigate fully for the accused. We need Divine intervention to turn around such a morally corrupt system of justice.

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