Saturday, 8 December 2007

Jurors acquit man who spent 15 years on Death Row

Dec. 5, 2007

A locked cellblock at a prison in the US. A jury in the southern US state of Tennessee Wednesday acquitted a man who spent more than 15 years on death row for a murder he did not commit, court sources said.


Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA - A jury has acquitted a man who was granted a retrial after
spending more than 15 years on Tennessee's death row in the fatal shooting
of a Chattanooga pharmacist in 1985.

Jurors agreed with defense attorneys who said 55-year-old Michael Lee
McCormick was lying when police secretly recorded his confession.

McCormick was convicted in 1987 in the Valentine's Day slaying of an
acquaintance, Donna Jean Nichols, 23.

His retrial was based on an appeals court deciding that he had inadequate
defense counsel at the trial where a jury sentenced him to death in 1988.
DNA test results in 2001 showed that a hair used to place him at the scene
of the killing could not be his.

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