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‘Completely free’: No retrial of ex-soldiers in 1992 killing

July 13, 2018

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Texas man says he and two former Army buddies are “finally completely free” now that prosecutors in Georgia won’t seek a new trial for them in a 1992 drive-by slaying.

Mark Jones of Port Aransas, Texas, and his co-defendants spent more than 25 years imprisoned before they were released in December after the Georgia Supreme Court overturned their murder convictions.

Prosecutors could have tried them again for the Savannah killing of Stanley Jackson. But Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap said the case was too old, with some witnesses no longer available.

Jones, Kenneth Gardiner and Dominic Lucci were soldiers at nearby Fort Stewart when they were arrested. The state Supreme Court ruled prosecutors withheld a police report that could have aided their defense.

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