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
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.
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