SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A Connecticut man who has served over 20 years in jail for a Springfield murder has been released as he awaits a new trial.
Judge Jeffrey Kinder granted a new trial in the case of Mark Schand Friday morning in Hampden County Superior Court in Springfield.
Schand had been convicted in 1987 of the shooting death of Victoria Seymour outside a Springfield club in September of 1986. Another man was shot during what the Hampden County District Attorney's office described as a robbery of a Springfield drug dealer by some people from Connecticut.
The DA's office said that Seymour was an innocent bystander when shots were fired.
A number of new witnesses have come forward disputing Schand's original guilty verdict.
The District Attorney's Office has not decided if they will try Mark Schand for a second time.
Wearing a tee shirt with the phrase "I didn't do it," Schand was freed on bond Friday afternoon, pending that possible second trial. He celebrated his release with family and friends at the Hall of Justice. Play the video to see their reaction.