Herbert Ellis Jr. was at his girlfriend's house when her former boyfriend, Michael Wilkes, stormed into the house and kicked in Ellis' bedroom door. The document charging Ellis with the homicide suggested strongly that he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors concluded that, in fact, it was self-defense, and Ellis was released after four weeks in jail.
Lawrence Owens was charged with the murder of Yolanda Walker after witnesses told police they had seen him with the victim hours before she was found dead. The charging document does not say that Owens killed her -- only that he was seen with her before her death.