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Men whose “satanic” killing convictions overturned want bond

Men whose “satanic” killing convictions overturned want bond

Bill Stephens

August 4th, 2016

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BRANDENBURG, Ky. (AP) — Two men who spent more than 20 years in prison before their murder convictions were vacated will ask a judge Thursday morning to let them out of jail.

Garr Keith Hardin and Jeffrey Dewayne Clark were convicted in 1995 of killing a woman in what prosecutors described as a Satanic ritual.

Meade Circuit Judge Bruce Butler scrapped their convictions earlier this month after DNA evidence debunked much of the evidence prosecutors presented to the jury. Testing revealed that a hair on the body prosecutors claimed belonged to Hardin had come from someone else.

The Meade County Commonwealth’s Attorney must now decide whether to seek a new trial.

The Innocence Project, which represented Hardin and Clark, said they will ask the judge Thursday to let them out on bond while awaiting the state’s decision.

 

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