A Man Who Served 26 Years Behind Bars Is In Court Today

POSTED BY: News Department
Monday, July 21, 2003 - 11:04 AM
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A man who served 26 years in prison before passing a lie-detector test is due back in court today. Franklin County prosecutors are expected to ask a judge to drop charges today against 50-year-old Gary Lemar James. James was convicted of killing a security guard during a bank robbery in 1976. Last week, a lie-detector test showed James was telling the truth when he denied killing the guard. Common pleas judge Patrick McGrath released James on bond on Thursday. County prosecutor Ron O’Brien said last week he’d ask a judge today to dismiss charges against James. O’Brien also has said he will drop an appeal against James’ co-defendant, Timothy Howard. Howard was freed April 23rd when his conviction was overturned by a judge because of evidence not included in his 1977 trial.

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