Man freed from prison as new DNA test casts doubt in slaying

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Defense attorneys say a man imprisoned for roughly 12 years for a woman’s 2002 killing in West Virginia has been released as an investigation continues into newly discovered evidence casting doubt on his and three other men’s guilt.

The Herald-Dispatch reports 37-year-old Phillip Scott Barnett was released Thursday from the Parkersburg Correctional Center by a Cabell County Circuit Court judge’s order. Barnett, his brother Nathaniel, and Justin Keith Black were convicted in the death of Deanna L. Crawford.

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