4 Images

Free after 20 years

Timothy Atkins and cousin Pischon Jones leave L.A. County Jail on Friday. “It’s over. I made it,” Atkins said. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Atkins prepares to hug his aunt Sheila Atkins while his father, Larry Atkins, watches. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Joyce Boney is overcome with emotion as she embraces her son Timothy Atkins, who was released from L.A. County Jail on Friday. A judge overturned his 1987 murder conviction a day earlier after a key witness prosecution recanted her testimony. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
After two decades in prison, Timothy Atkins, in a white sweatsuit, spent most of his first day of release outside in front of his cousin Tanya Franklin’s house in South Los Angeles dispensing hugs and fielding congratulatory phone calls. (Luis Sinco / LAT)