BAY CITY, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a Texas man, who was kept in prison for more than three decades after his murder conviction was overturned, have asked a court to set him free so that he can get on with his life.
A recent court petition says that Jerry Hartfield has suffered enough -- from the state's bungling of his case, to key evidence that has gone missing. His 1977 conviction was overturned in 1980 and Hartfield's sentence was commuted from death to life in prison three years later.
However, Hartfield didn't challenge his continued incarceration until 2006. Courts determined there was no sentence to commute once Hartfield's conviction was overturned and ordered him retried or freed.
Hartfield is scheduled to stand trial again in April.
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