Logan Man Gets Named Cleared 30 Years After Double Murder

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Dale Johnston said he never gave up hope that his name would be cleared, but he was not sure he’d be alive to see it.

For the last four years, he has been waiting for a court ruling to clear his name in connection to the 1982 double murder of his step daughter, Annette Cooper, and her fiancé, Todd Schultz.

“We've been fighting since '08 to get where I am today,” said Johnston.

The ruling finally came on Wednesday, and now Johnston must wait again. He’s waiting this time for the state to compensate him for being wrongfully sent to death row and spending seven years there.

“There's no amount of money that they could possibly give me for the hell that I went through, and my family went through,” he said.

In 1982, Cooper and Schultz were found shot to death and dismembered in a cornfield in West Logan and the Hocking River.

Johnston eventually won his freedom in court when it was discovered that the prosecutor hid evidence that would have helped prove his innocence in 2008.

Another man, Chester McKnight, plead guilty to the murders.

“I knew it would come out eventually,” added Johnston.

He said he’s just glad to be alive to see it.

Johnston’s attorney said they still have a long way to go before receiving compensation. Also, the state could appeal this week’s ruling.

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