Judge: Clear Ky. Record Of Former Death Row Inmate

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered Kentucky to expunge the record of a man who was once on Death Row.

U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves's order on Thursday clears
the record of 62-year-old Eugene Williams Gall in the kidnapping, rape and death of 12-year-old Lisa Jansen in 1978.

A federal appeals court overturned Gall's conviction in 2001 saying prosecutors failed to prove key elements of the case and that the prohibition against double jeopardy forbade a retrial.

Kentucky turned Gall over to Ohio, where he is serving a life
sentence for rape and murder.

Gall's attorney, public defender Tim Arnold, says the decision may make it easier for him to argue for parole in 2021. A message left with the Montgomery County, Ohio, prosecutor's office, was not immediately returned Friday.

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