Freddie Pitts said he'll always carry the pain of years he spent behind bars, but now he and a second man have $500,000 each from the state for their wrongful murder conviction in the deaths of two gas station attendants.
"I am bitter, and I will be until the day I die," Pitts said Monday, when the two men received the money. "But it's a bitterness I control. It's like a scar, a burn. It's going to be there."Pitts, 54, and Wilbert Lee, 62, who are black, twice were convicted by all-white juries of murdering two white gas station attendants in 1963 in Port St. Joe, a Florida Panhandle fishing and paper mill town. They were on death row for nine years.