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Man convicted of murder when he was 15-years-old released after new testimony

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WILMINGTON, N.C.  – For the first time in nearly 30 years, Johnny Small is out of prison.

In 1988, Small was convicted of murdering Pam Dreher when he was just 15-years-old. Throughout the years, he always maintained his innocence

On Thursday, a judge released Small from prison and put him on house arrest after receiving new testimony in the case.

David Bollinger, a teenage friend of Small, testified that Small killed Dreher during his original trial.

Now, he is recanting his story, saying that a homicide investigator made up the story and pressured him to follow it.

The judge said Small’s conviction should be vacated and the charges against him should revert to pending status.