Ex-death row in­mate re­leased af­ter 16 years

The Washington Post - - NEWS -

A for­mer Arkansas death row in­mate is a free man af­ter spend­ing more than 16 years in prison for mur­der.

Rickey Dale New­man was re­leased from the Craw­ford County jail, af­ter a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor dropped charges in a 2001 killing, the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­ported.

New­man was con­victed of first­de­gree mur­der in the mu­ti­la­tion slay­ing of Marie Cho­lette, 46, a fel­low tran­sient, at a camp in Van Buren.

Arkansas’ Supreme Court in 2014 over­turned New­man’s con­vic­tion, cit­ing his in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity, and last month re­jected an at­tempt by pros­e­cu­tors to use the po­lice in­ter­view in a new trial.

Spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor Ron Fields wrote to the court that, with­out the con­fes­sion, there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence against New­man. A judge granted Fields’s re­quest to drop the case Wed­nes­day.

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