JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi judge has dismissed a murder charge against a Black man who spent more than a quarter-century on death row.
Eddie Lee Howard was convicted of capital murder in the 1992 stabbing death of an 84-year-old woman. District Attorney Scott Colom says Monday that prosecutors are dropping the murder charge.
Colom says a dentist’s bite-mark testimony used to convict Howard has been discredited.
The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in August that Howard deserved a new trial. He was freed from death row in December.
Attorneys say Howard has now been released from prison.