Ex-death row inmate released after 16 years
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.