He was wrongfully jailed for more than a decade. Years later, he died in a hit-and-run
Andrew Mallard spent more than a decade in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
The 56-year-old Australian had been free for 13 years and was engaged to a woman in Los Angeles when he was killed in a hit-and-run crash Thursday.
In the final moments of his life, Mallard can be seen buying cigarettes and talking with a clerk at a Hollywood liquor store on surveillance video obtained by CNN affiliate KABC. The station reports he was a regular customer.
Minutes after Mallard left, he was hit by a vehicle while he was crossing the street. The driver took off without stopping.
Though the fire department responded, Mallard died of his injuries, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.
In 1995, Mallard was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Pamela Lawrence at her jewelry shop in a suburb of Perth.
The documentary “Saving Andrew Mallard” followed Mallard’s family, journalist Colleen Egan, Member of Parliament John Quigley and lawyer Malcolm McCusker as they made the case for Mallard’s innocence.
Mallard was exonerated in 2006, and a cold case review of Lawrence’s death found evidence implicating a different man who had been convicted of murder.
Mallard was offered a $3.25 million settlement from the Western Australian government in 2009.
The LAPD said it is searching for the hit-and-run driver and is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information related to the driver.