Randall Dale Adams says he'll be happy to leave Texas but he doesn't blame people in the state for his 12-year imprisonment for a cop-killing he says he didn't commit.
"I'll be glad to get back to Ohio," he said Wednesday, a day after his release from jail. "No offense, but I hate Texas."After spending a day with his attorney in Houston, Adams planned to return Thursday to his family in Grove City, Ohio, outside Columbus, where his mother, Mildred, had decorated her trailer with yellow ribbons.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Adams' 1977 murder conviction for killing Dallas patrolman Robert Wood. It said he didn't receive a fair trial because witnesses lied and prosecutors withheld evidence.
Last year's documentary film "The Thin Blue Line" had focused fresh attention on his case by questioning the verdict.
District Attorney John Vance said he will decide within two weeks whether to retry Adams. The ability of investigators to find two key witnesses will be crucial to the decision, he said.
Adams originally was sentenced to death and at one point was three days from being executed, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1980.
Despite his experience, the 40-year-old Adams said the state's judicial system "in my case worked. Texas did not execute me."
Adams has called Dallas County "hell on Earth," but he said he holds no grudge against Texans.
"I do not blame the people of Dallas or the people of Texas for the actions of a few," he said.
He also reiterated that he would welcome the chance to come back and clear his name in a retrial.
"Of course, I would love to have a jury release me in Dallas," he said. "I did not kill Robert Wood.
"I believe that if the retrial happens, we may be able to receive some answers as to why all of this happened, and I would like that," Adams said.