Former Duplin Co. Death Row Inmate Freed

A man who spent 13 years on North Carolina's death row has become the state's eighth man to be spared execution after charges against him were dropped.

Prosecutor Dewey Hudson had the charges dropped against Levon "Bo" Jones and let him go.

Jones had been sentenced to die for the death of Leamon Grady, who was robbed and shot in his home in 1987.

In 2006, a federal judge overturned the conviction after declaring Jones' rights had been violated because of poor attorney performance and a lack of evidence. Because of that, Hudson dropped the charges.

North Carolina's death penalty has been on hold while capital punishment is examined.

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