Freedom could come Tuesday for a wrongly convicted deaf man in Texas.
A judge in Dallas yesterday overturned the 1993 conviction of
39-year-old Stephen Brodie.
Brodie was sent to prison for raping a 5-year-old girl -- despite an absence of physical evidence linking him to the attack.
Nobody else has been charged.
Brodie won't be released until officials in Lamar County, where Brodie was imprisoned for failing to register as a sex offender, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sign off.
Brodie originally was arrested in 1991 for stealing quarters from a vending machine at a community swimming pool. While he was being questioned about that crime, police began asking about the unsolved rape of the 5-year-old girl a year earlier.
Brodie eventually confessed, but later told The Associated Press
he felt scared and pressured.