Joseph Amrine says it’s good to be free. He walked out of prison today after spending 18 years on Missouri’s death row for the murder of a fellow inmate while Amrine was an inmate at the state prison in Jefferson City. In April, the State Supreme Court ruled Amrine innocent of the charges, but judges gave the county prosecutor the chance to re-file charges based on DNA evidence. Today, Cole County Prosecutor Bill Tackett said the DNA collected from Amrine’s pants to see if it was a match for the murder victim was not evidence enough to justify filing charges. Tackett says he’s not going to look for anyone else to charge in the case. Amrine says he’s glad to be out, but he might file a lawsuit for being held so long.
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