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Panaca Woman’s Murder Conviction Overturned

Kirstin Blaise Lobato has been exonerated after being convicted of murder and serving nearly 16 years in prison.

A former Panaca resident, Kirstin Blaise Lobato, has been exonerated after being convicted of murder and serving nearly 16 years in prison.

KLAS-TV in Las Vegas reported this week that she has been transferred from a state women’s correctional facility to the Clark County Detention Center and is still serving another year for sexual misconduct with another prisoner in 2007, although that may be overturned as well.

As reported by KLAS, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson says he does believe Lobato is guilty of the murder charge, “because 24 jurors, two separate groups of 12, listened to the evidence and the facts and circumstances and found her guilty.”

But Wolfson also said the district attorney’s office was not going to pursue the case further and asked

Read more at: http://www.lccentral.com/2018/01/10/panaca-womans-murder-conviction-overturned/

Released from prison after overturned conviction, Wilbert Jones adjusts to freedom after 45 years

Wilbert Jones is back in a world he hasn’t known since he was 19 years old.

A refrigerator is still an ice box. Escalators are foreign machines. Frozen dinners taste “amazing.” Swiping a plastic card for payment takes practice.

But with the support of his family, Jones, 65, is slowly figuring out 21st-century Baton Rouge after almost 46 years in prison for a conviction that has since been overturned.

“It’s a whole new journey, a new experience for me,” Jones said. “It’s been almost 50 years, everything’s so different.”

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Jones was convicted of aggravated rape in 1974 and sentenced to life in prison, but in November, a state district judge ruled that “highly favorable” evidence was withheld from Jones’ defense. That evidence, the judge said, had a “reasonable probability” of changing the original outcome in the case. Prosecutors have appealed that decision — a move opposed

Read more at: http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/courts/article_9796b9a6-decc-11e7-995b-d31e3bb14214.html

Baton Rouge man whose rape conviction was overturned to taste freedom after nearly 46 years behind bars

A state judge set a $2,000 bail Tuesday for a 64-year-old Baton Rouge man who has spent nearly 46 years in prison for a rape conviction that the judge recently threw out.

Wilbert Jones, who has been imprisoned for 45 years on a rape conviction that a Baton Rouge state judge recently threw out, could learn Tuesda…

Wilbert Jones, who remained calm throughout the hearing, is expected to be released from prison Wednesday into the waiting arms of family and friends who said they have been praying for this day.

“He already requested gumbo,” Jones’ niece, Wajeedah Jones, said outside the 19th Judicial District Courthouse where District Judge Richard Anderson

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Conviction overturned 30 years later in neo-Nazi murder case

TAMPA — A judge on Friday overturned the murder conviction of Dean McKee now that new evidence has raised doubt about Mc-Kee’s guilt in a Tampa slaying that occurred nearly three decades ago when he was 16.

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In a 17-page order, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Lisa Campbell concluded that DNA testing and new witness statements conflict with testimony at McKee’s trial in the 1987 stabbing of a homeless man.

“As it was this testimony that served as the basis for the defendant’s conviction, the court finds the newly discovered evidence would probably produce an acquittal at retrial,” the judge wrote.

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office

Read more at: http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/conviction-overturned-30-years-later-in-neo-nazi-murder-case/2341918

Murder convictions overturned in 1993 Paterson slaying – North Jersey

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Judge overturns murder conviction of Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee
Anne-Marie Caruso/NorthJersey.com

PATERSON — The murder convictions of two men who have been behind bars for 24 years for the 1993 slaying of a Paterson video store clerk were overturned Friday because of DNA evidence.

Attorneys for Eric Kelley and Ralph W. Lee, two Paterson men who were locked up

Read more at: http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2017/09/15/behind-bars-24-years-judge-overturns-murder-conviction-two-paterson-men/667991001/

Arrest warrant filed for man who had Missoula rape conviction overturned

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Read more at: http://missoulian.com/news/local/arrest-warrant-filed-for-man-who-had-missoula-rape-conviction/article_618f4876-c1b9-56da-9f3e-2a072faf34f9.html

Settlement reached in suit of Columbia man with overturned conviction

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor’s death hinged on his friend’s dreams and was overturned after he spent nearly a decade in prison has settled a portion of his lawsuit against police.

A federal judge was informed during a teleconference Tuesday the settlement in Ryan Ferguson’s lawsuit against six members of the Columbia Police Department is awaiting signatures, according to online court records. The records indicate attorneys expect the settlement to be finalized this week or next. No details were disclosed.

Ferguson’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, declined to comment in an email to The Associated Press. Brad Letterman, an attorney for the city, didn’t immediately return emails seeking comment.

Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2001 death of Kent Heitholt, who was killed in the parking lot of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Ferguson’s friend, Charles Erickson, started having dreams about Heitholt’s death more than

Read more at: http://www.semissourian.com/story/2424526.html

Man reaches settlement with Columbia, Mo., police after overturned murder conviction

COLUMBIA, Mo. • A man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor’s death hinged on his friend’s dreams and was overturned after he spent nearly a decade in prison has settled a portion of his lawsuit against police.

A federal judge was informed during a teleconference Tuesday that the settlement in Ryan Ferguson’s lawsuit against six members of the Columbia Police Department is awaiting signatures, according to online court records. The records indicate attorneys expect the settlement to be finalized this week or next. No details were disclosed.

Ferguson’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, declined to comment in an email. Brad Letterman, an attorney for the city, didn’t immediately return emails seeking comment.

Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2001 death of Kent Heitholt, who was killed in the parking lot of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Ferguson’s friend, Charles Erickson, started having dreams about Heitholt’s death more than

Read more at: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-reaches-settlement-with-columbia-mo-police-after-overturned-murder/article_899a586e-fa55-5586-bebf-21770c061feb.html

Settlement reached in suit of man with overturned conviction

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor’s death hinged on his friend’s dreams and was overturned after he spent nearly a decade in prison has settled a portion of his lawsuit against police.

   A federal judge was informed during a teleconference Tuesday that the settlement in Ryan Ferguson’s lawsuit against six members of the Columbia Police Department is awaiting signatures, according to online court records. The records indicate attorneys expect the settlement to be finalized this week or next. No details were disclosed.

   Kathleen Zellner, an attorney for Ferguson, and Brad Letterman, an attorney for the city, didn’t immediately return emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.

   Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2001 death of Kent Heitholt, who was killed in the parking lot of The Columbia Daily Tribune. Ferguson’s friend, Charles Erickson, started having dreams about Heitholt’s death

Read more at: http://www.kshb.com/news/state/missouri/settlement-reached-in-suit-of-man-with-overturned-conviction

Settlement reached in suit of man with overturned conviction

A man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor’s death hinged on his friend’s dreams and was overturned after he spent nearly a decade in prison has settled a portion of his lawsuit against police.

A federal judge was informed during a teleconference Tuesday that the settlement in Ryan Ferguson’s lawsuit against six members of the Columbia Police Department is awaiting signatures, according to online court records. The records indicate attorneys expect the settlement to be finalized this week or next. No details were disclosed.

Kathleen Zellner, an attorney for Ferguson, and Brad Letterman, an attorney for the city, didn’t immediately return emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2001 death of Kent Heitholt, who was killed in the parking lot of The Columbia Daily Tribune. Ferguson’s friend, Charles Erickson, started having dreams about Heitholt’s death more than two years after the killing.

Read more at: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article158600934.html