▶️ Luke Wirkkala’s road to a retrial, next steps for legal recourse and a new life

He spent eight years behind bars for murder, but now he’s a free man cleared of all charges.

Monday night we heard from Luke Wirkkala in his first TV interview since a Deschutes County jury acquitted him during a retrial this month.

Now, new insight into the long legal battle for that new trial and what’s next for him after hear the words “You’re free to go.”

* The family of David Ryder declined our interview request for this story. Additionally, it should be noted that current Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel was not the DA during Wirkkala’s first trial. Patrick Flaherty was the DA at the time.

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▶️ Luke Wirkkala, acquitted of murder in retrial, talks about that fateful night



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