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Death row inmate freed after prosecutors drop murder charges

RALEIGH (AP) -- A man who spent 14 years on death row has been released from prison after Catawba County prosecutors dropped murder charges. Glen Edward Chapman walked out of the state's Central Prison in Raleigh on Wednesday. The 40-year-old was expected to speak publicly later Wednesday afternoon. Chapman was granted a new trial after a judge determined investigators mishandled the case. Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin ruled in November that Chapman was offered ineffective assistance by his original attorneys and that evidence was lost, destroyed or withheld. He also said the case's lead detective withheld evidence. Chapman was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Betty Jean Ramseur and Tenene Yvette Conley. He was sentenced to death in 1994. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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