Twitter coverage of prison release

Joshua Charles Kezer walked out of prison a free man. In jail since he was 18, Kezer has been in prison for 16 years for the 1992 killing of Angela Mischelle Lawless, a 19-year-old college student found shot to death in her car just off Interstate 55 near Benton, Mo. A Cole County judge overturned his murder sentence and a Scott County prosecutor has declined to file new charges against him. You can read the full story –by Tony Messenger– at StlToday.com. Tony also “twittered” the release:

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I continue to be fascinated by Twitter as tool for reporting. This story probably wasn’t big enough for TV or radio to break format (what a quaint term). But Tony’s “tweets” give me the sense of being there, watching. Not sure how else he might have accomplished this. Remember when radio was the most immediate medium?

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