ESPN Profiles Nevest Coleman, White Sox Groundskeeper Imprisoned 23 Years Despite Innocence

Nevest Coleman, the White Sox grounds crew member rehired this season after DNA testing eventually cleared him of heinous crimes for which he served 23 years in prison, gets the “E:60” treatment Sunday morning from ESPN'S Lisa Salters.

Coleman's story should be familiar to Chicago Tribune readers.

Now 49, Coleman spent nearly half his life behind bars, convicted after he and co-defendant Darryl Fulton gave confessions in the 1994 rape and murder of 20-year-old Antwinica Bridgeman.

The two immediately recanted their confessions and have said they were coerced.

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In “Grounds for Return,” set for 8 a.m. Sunday, Coleman talks to Salters about discovering Bridgeman's body in the basement of his family’s home and why he confessed to a crime he says he did not commit.

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A Tribune review of court records and police reports found no physical evidence ever linked Coleman or Fulton to the attack. Prosecutors last year dropped charges against the two after semen on the victim’s clothes matched a serial rapist.

Each man has described being abuse by Chicago police officers.

Fulton told the Tribune a detective hit him on the side of the head and said, “I should take you somewhere and put a bullet in your brain.”

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Coleman has testified a detective called him “a lying-assed (n-word),” then punched him twice in the face.

philrosenthal@chicagotribune.com

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ESPN Profiles Nevest Coleman, White Sox Groundskeeper Imprisoned 23 Years Despite Innocence

Source:Chicago Tribune

ESPN Profiles Nevest Coleman, White Sox Groundskeeper Imprisoned 23 Years Despite Innocence

ESPN Profiles Nevest Coleman, White Sox Groundskeeper Imprisoned 23 Years Despite Innocence

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ESPN Profiles Nevest Coleman, White Sox Groundskeeper Imprisoned 23 Years Despite Innocence