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Cyrus Wilson, man found guilty in 1992 murder, granted parole

Posted at 8:59 AM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 20:57:18-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville native Cyrus Wilson was granted parole by the Tennessee Board of Parole following a hearing on October 16. Wilson was serving a life sentence for a 1992 Edgehill murder.

The final decision was reached after Wilson received four votes in favor of parole of the seven-member board. The votes came from Chairman Richard Montgomery, Gary Faulcon, Roberta Nevil Kustoff and Zane Duncan.

His release date has not yet been determined.

In 1994, a jury found Wilson guilty in the shooting death of Edgehill teenager Christopher Luckett. Decades later, two alleged witnesses had recanted statements they made saying they saw the shooting. Wilson's attorney said there is now no evidence connecting Wilson to the shooting.

He has maintained his innocence since his arrest and while spending 27 years in prison serving a life sentence.

During his hearing, about 100 family, friends and supporters packed the room waiting to hear the vote.

His parole conditions include transitional residence in a halfway house, participate in community service work until employed or becoming a full-time student and random drug screens and substance abuse treatment as assessed. Wilson will also be referred to a forensic social worker for family and marriage counseling and for any transitional needs.

The Tennessee Department of Correction will determine Wilson's release date. After he is released, he will remain under the department's supervision.