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Off death row, 'thinking about the future'

A man once sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of a 3-year-old Mississippi girl was exonerated Friday, more than a week after another man allegedly confessed to the brutal crime.

Members of Kennedy Brewer's family and some attorneys wept in the crowded courtroom as Circuit Judge Lee Howard told Brewer he was a free man. A prosecutor apologized for the miscarriage of justice.

Asked about all that had happened to him since the child's death in Noxubee County in 1992, Brewer said, "I ain't worried about the past. I'm thinking about the future."

Brewer is the first person to be exonerated in Mississippi as a result of post-conviction DNA testing, said the New York-based Innocence Project, which handled his case.     

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