15 years on death row, N. Carolina inmate now free

Another North Carolina man once condemned for murder walked free on Friday.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson dismissed all criminal charges against Levon “Bo” Junior Jones, who spent 15 years on North Carolina’s death row for a murder he has always said he didn’t commit.

In 2006, a federal judge said Jones' trial attorneys did not properly represent him and ordered a new trial. It was set to begin this month, but Jones learned this week he would be a free man — the eighth North Carolina man spared execution after charges against him were dropped.

The latest release comes as the legal system is re-examining the use of capital punishment in North Carolina. The death penalty has been on hold in the state since 2007. It has faced several legal attacks, including a case that challenges doctors' participation in executions.

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