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State Supreme Court affirms overturning Jones’ 1974 rape conviction; prosecutors won’t retry case | The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

By October 11, 2018 No Comments

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By Grace Toohey

Wilbert Jones was fully exonerated Thursday, more than 46 years after being arrested in an aggravated rape case for which he has always maintained his innocence.

The Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling overturning Jones’ 1974 conviction and on Thursday prosecutors declined to retry the case.

“I feel great,” said Jones, laughing with his niece.

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