Ozarks Man Acquitted of 2011 Murder Conviction

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Just one day after the release of his client, Michael Amick, Springfield defense attorney Adam Woody sat down to tell us Amick’s story.

“December second of 2008 there was a fire in the very rural area of Myrtle Missouri,” says Woody.

He told us about how 8 years ago Amick’s grandmother-in-law’s body was found shot to death, under her burned-down house.

“Maxine Vaughn was found in the fire deceased,” he adds.

And how neighbors claimed to have seen Amick at the scene.

“There was a witness. He was a neighbor of miss Vaughn,” Woody explains.

But most importantly, he told us the story of Amick’s sentencing and how an unauthorized alternate juror caused the sentencing to be overturned, leading to Amick’s eventual retrial and release.  

“At that point its sort of a clean slate,” Woody says.

Of course, that is a story best told by Michael Amick himself.

“It feels like waking up from a nightmare and realizing the world is still a good place,” says Amick.

The now free man told us over the phone Friday, he’s spent his first day on the outside, staying inside with his three kids.

“I hugged my youngest son, finally got my daughter to come out of her room and hugged her. Of course I hugged my middle son too,” Amick says.  

He says while there are moments he’s missed throughout the past eight years…

And never looking back.

“I got kind of tickled at [my middle son] today. He said ‘Every time we’ve seen you there’s been a police officer,” he says, “And I said ‘Well those days are over.’.”

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