“It should have happened many many years ago… His case, in my judgment, is a case study in what’s wrong with our system. He was convicted because he is poor. We have a system that treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent,” Stevenson said.

“And his case proves it. We have a system that is compromised by racial bias and his case proves it. We have a system that doesn’t do the right thing when the right thing is apparent. The prosecutors should have done these tests years ago and they didn’t,” Stevenson said.

Prosecutors did have the gun re-tested in recent weeks. After the results came in, the prosecutors told a judge they won’t re-try Hinton for the 1985 slayings of two fast-food managers because the new testing couldn’t match crime scene bullets to .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver found in Hinton’s house.

Only 8 of the 194 inmates on Alabama Death Row have been there longer than the 58-year-old Hinton.