After an 18 month investigation the Brevard County Sheriff's Office in Florida announced it has solved a murder case in which a man was wrongly imprisoned for nearly three decades.
James Dvorak was found dead more than 30 years ago on Cordova Beach in Central Florida. For 27 of those years William Dillon maintained his innocence as he sat behind bars doing time for Dvorak's murder.
"Based on the information we have, the DNA evidence, some witness statements and some other information all appearances are [Dillon] was not involved in the beating death of Mr. Dvorak," Brevard County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Todd Goodyear said.
The DNA testing of evidence that helped gain Dillon's release from prison in 2008 also helped lead the sheriff's office to four new suspects. The suspects have not been charged but the case has been handed over to the prosecutorβs office.
"It's a little bit different to put your suspects out before you arrest them," Goodyear said.
He says with the focus off of Dillon the sheriff's office hopes to find more witnesses to "fill in some of the blanks."
Although Dillon says he is "extremely glad" that the sheriff's office found out who committed the crime, he still has a heavy heart.
"It hurts me down deep in my soul," Dillon said, "because I have been dealing with this for 30 years."
Goodyear says over those 30 years investigative tools have changed.
"We have the advantage of one thing they didn't," Goodyear said. "Science. And that has been very helpful in this."
As the sheriff's office continues to investigate those they say are responsible for Dvorak's death, the man who was originally convicted of the crime is still trying to rebuild his life.
Dillon plans to do this by using the songs he wrote while wrongly incarcerated. On August 16 Dillon's CD "Black Robes and Lawyers" will be released.
The title song starts off with Dillon saying, "I was arrested for murder on August 26, 1981, for a crime I didn't commit."