Georgia Innocence Project worked on getting Dennis Perry out of prison for more than a decade

Perry at home with family after being released on his own recognizance

For the first time in more than 20 years, a Camden County man is at home with family.

A judge ordered Dennis Perry to be released last week on his own recognizance.

Perry was arrested in 2000 and convicted in 2003 in the 1985 murders of a Southeast Georgia couple. The Georgia Innocence Project, an independent organization, fought on Perry’s behalf to get the conviction overturned and for him to be released.

Perry’s family says his late mother wrote to the Georgia Innocence Project in the early 2000s, asking the organization to represent her son in what she said was a wrongful conviction. For more than a decade, the Georgia Innocence Project has worked on getting Perry out of prison.

This past week, that happened. Perry, his wife, Brenda, and his first cousin, Suzanne Baugh, walked hand in hand away from Coffee Correctional Facility in Nicholls, Georgia.

“It feels good. It’s been 20 years,” Perry said.

Those were some of the first he uttered after he was released from prison.

“Two years ago, I said I was going to pray my way out of here. That’s what I have done. I asked God for help, and he sent me 12 disciples, 12 people from your law firm, and then I had Jennifer,” Perry said, referring to Jennifer Whitfield, a staff attorney with the Georgia Innocence Project. “Jennifer kept fighting for me and I just thank them all. I just want to go home now.”

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