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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina judge has ruled that prosecutors hid evidence and the State Bureau of Investigation intentionally omitted information about blood tests in the case of a man threatened with the death penalty, then sentenced to prison for the death and sexual assault of his girlfriend’s daughter.

Durham County Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson said in a written order Thursday that the prosecutors’ actions in the case of Derrick Allen violated both the state and US constitutions. In December, Hudson released Allen from prison, where he was serving his sentence for the 1998 death of the 2-year-old girl.

The News & Observer of Raleigh first reported the ruling. Those named in Hudson’s order either didn’t respond to messages or said they were reviewing the order.

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