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Ala. Man on Death Row Found Innocent

May 26, 2001

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) _ A man who spent five years on death row was found innocent at a retrial and released from prison.

Gary Wayne Drinkard, 45, of Falkville was set free Friday after a Morgan County jury found him innocent of the murder and robbery of Decatur businessman Dalton Pace.

Drinkard’s first conviction was overturned by the Alabama Supreme Court because prosecutors were allowed to enter as evidence Drinkard’s prior criminal history.

Pace was killed at his home on Aug. 18, 1993, during a robbery that netted about $2,000, police said.

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