Miss. man freed from prison after more than 25 years on death row
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi judge has dismissed a murder charge against a Black man who spent more than a quarter-century on death row.
Eddie Lee Howard was convicted of capital murder in the 1992 stabbing death of an 84-year-old Columbus, Miss., woman.
District Attorney Scott Colom said prosecutors are dropping the murder charge. He says a dentist’s bite-mark testimony used to convict Howard has been discredited.
The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in August that Howard deserved a new trial.
He was freed from death row in December and his attorneys say Howard has now been released from prison.