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Man Once Accused Of Murder Speaks Out After Release

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by Chris Cannon

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - 24-year-old Joshua Singletary walked out of the Sumner County Jail Wednesday night a free man. He spent nearly two months behind bars, accused of a violent murder, only to later be released.

Police originally charged Singletary with first degree murder for the death of 27-year-old Lydia Gutierrez. Her body was found inside her Gallatin home August 12, 2010. She had been stabbed and a plastic bag was placed over her head.

Police arrested Singletary at Hendersonville Medical Center. He had gone there for treatment for cuts to his hand and leg. He lied about his name at the hospital because he had been in trouble with the law before.

Since the day he was charged with murder, Singletary has maintained his innocence.

"I've lied about a lot of things in my life, but this is not one of them," Singletary told NewsChannel 5 just hours after he was released from jail.

Singletary and Gutierrez had a brief relationship, but he claims he had not spoken with her in some time. In fact, he did not know she had been murdered.

Last Friday, District Attorney General Ray Whitley asked that the first degree murder charge against Singletary be nullified. DNA evidence returned from the TBI crime lab did not link Singletary to the crime.

"Everybody knew I was innocent, except for the detectives and their pride's getting in the way. Their evidence proved I was innocent and they're still not willing to accept it," Singletary said.

All along, Singletary's mother said she knew her son could not commit such a violent crime.

"And maintained that confidence all the way through. Never wavered, stood strong and told everybody exactly what was going to happen and it did," according to Ann Singletary.

Police said Singletary is still a suspect in the murder of Lydia Gutierrez. The District Attorney told NewsChannel 5 the investigation into her death continues and there is new evidence that will link someone to her death.

Since Singletary's murder charge was only nullified, he can be charged again in the future.

Email: ccannon@newschannel5.com

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