Death Sentance Overturned

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A former condemned inmate whose conviction in the 1985 bombing deaths of three people was overturned in December has been released.

Michael Roy Toney was freed Wednesday night from the Tarrant County Jail on $25,000 bail.

District Attorney Joe Shannon told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he learned Wednesday that the Texas attorney general's office filed a motion to dismiss the case without prejudice. Prosecutors could still retry the case.

The district attorney's office in January recused itself because evidence, favorable to the defense, was withheld during Toney's 1999 trial.

The bombing at a Lake Worth trailer killed 15-year-old Angela Blount, her 44-year-old father Joe Blount and her 18-year-old cousin Michael Columbus.

Shannon in May was appointed, by Gov. Rick Perry, as interim district attorney after DA Tim Curry died of cancer.
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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram & KXAS-TV:
www.star-telegram.com & www.nbcdfw.com

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