Jack Edward Earl Parker remembers precisely the moment he learned that he was going to be set free - memories expressed not through recollections of sights and sounds but more through the labels and numbers prisoners come to define themselves by.
"I was at Broad River Correctional Institution, Monticello Unit, cell number 117,'" Parker told GreenvilleOnline.com, before Greenville County's prosecutor announced he wouldn't try to charge Parker again.
"An inmate told me, 'Dude, you gone.'"
In March, a prison officer had read that the state Supreme Court had just overturned the 39-year-old's murder conviction in the death of his sister's boyfriend nearly a decade ago in Travelers Rest, Parker said.
Parker, who goes by "Earl," said he got the official word two days later. He gave his belongings away, only to wait weeks until his release came as suddenly as the news that it would happen.