State Drops Murder Charges Against William Dillon

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man whose conviction for a 1981
murder was called into question by DNA evidence will not face a new

State Attorney Norman Wolfinger said Wednesday that murder
charges against William Dillon have been dropped.

The state says a retrial would mostly involve a reading of previous testimony. Nine witnesses from Dillon's 1981 trial have died and another cannot testify because of medical problems.

Wolfinger says prosecutors concluded that a jury today would not
find the 49-year-old guilty "beyond and to the exclusion of every
reasonable doubt."

Dillon spent 27 years in prison for the bludgeoning death of James Dvorak before being released last month to await a new trial.

New tests showed Dillon's DNA was not on the bloodstained T-shirt presented as key evidence during his trial.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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