Man whose murder conviction was overturned is free

Nov 24, 2014 5:46 PM by News Staff

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - A man convicted of murder 34 years ago has been freed after prosecutors in Ventura County determined he may not have committed the crime.

Michael Hanline posted $2,500 bail Monday afternoon following a morning hearing at which a judge ordered his movements to be electronically monitored.

Prosecutors said they are no longer sure whether Hanline, now 69, killed Ventura resident J.T. McGarry in 1978. He was convicted in 1980.

Hanline's case was taken up by the California Innocence Project.

Special Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Schwartz says testing showed Hanline's DNA was not found at the crime scene.

Prosecutors will decide whether to retry Hanline at a hearing scheduled for Feb. 27.

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