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Case dismissed against Michigan man after 45 years in prison

DETROIT, Michigan A man whose murder conviction was thrown out after he spent 45 years in prison, will not face a second trial.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Wednesday that she is dropping the case against Richard Phillips. She says that he was the victim of a false statement of an important witness in 1972 trial.

Worthy says what happened to Phillips, “was not justice.”

Phillips’ murder conviction was thrown out last summer and he is free from December.

He has long maintained that he had nothing to do with the 1971 fatal shooting of Gregory Harris. In 2014, the Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan law school learned that a co-defendant said Phillips played no role in the murder.

The disclosure by Richard Palombo is arise 2010 parole hearing.

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