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DNA evidence frees man jailed in ’81 for murder

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VIERA, Fla. — Charges have been dropped against a man who spent nearly three decades behind bars before DNA evidence cast doubt on his murder conviction, prosecutors in Florida said Wednesday.

William Dillon, 49, has been free on bond since last month, after a judge ordered a new trial because of testing that showed his DNA wasn't on key evidence from his 1981 conviction.

Prosecutors subsequently concluded that a jury wouldn't find Dillon guilty "beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt," Brevard County State Attorney Norman Wolfinger said Wednesday.

Testing for DNA evidence wasn't available when Dillon was originally tried in the bludgeoning death of James Dvorak.