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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  • by Tony Location: California on May 4, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    He always said that he didn't do it and I believe him and always will believe him. He is the type of man that if he would had done it we all would have known. The only one that needs to judge him has.
  • by yevette jones (daughter) on May 3, 2008 at 08:20 PM
    i feel like bo "my daddy" wasnt released because of my mothers testimony the reason is that they didnt have no evidence at all on him. so the lying needs to stop. he always said that he didnt do it and i believe him and always will believe him. if they knew he did it for a fact why is he out. this man have a life now and alot to catch up with. so now all i can say is thank god for my daddy back, thanks to the lawyers and everybody else dealing with this case. now it time for larry lamb to be what "RELEASED" because if you didnt have no evidence on my daddy that means you have no edivence on larry. FREE HIM
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2008 at 03:07 AM
    This guy was released bcause the only witness recanted testimony. The prosecution still believes he is guilty. There is just no physical evidence. I think if a witness gives false testimony that sends an innocent to prison, that witness should serve as much time as the innocent. We will see if this man is innocent because a leopard can't change it's spots.
  • by WHY Location: somewhere in NC on May 2, 2008 at 11:41 PM
    To Jack in Washington...quote "He was the Real Killer! why is he out?" It clearly says no evidence. quote "you people need to listen better." when theres no evidences why should he be guilty of anything. When do Lacrosse player was cleared because of no evidence, everyone screamed LAWSUIT! Bo was locked up and put on death row with no evidence and not to mention that his rights were violated PAY THIS MAN! If he did not do the crime and they have no evidence, I'm glad he's out to reunite with his family, especially after pulling so many years without them.
  • by DeVon Location: Mt. Olive on May 2, 2008 at 11:02 PM
    What is going on with the other defendent??? If this man was released i feel the other man (Larry Lamb) should also be released.
  • by tonya Location: kinston on May 2, 2008 at 08:49 PM
    I would like to know who I need to get in contact with about a case like this. Howard Dudley has been in prison since 1992 for a crime that he did not do. He also had a bad lawyer and judge. Can someone please help us. He is in Johnston County,Smithfield N.C. They did not do a DNA test with Howard. The doctor that did the examination found no evdience that the child had been raped. This was also doing the time of the "Little Rac. Daycare breakout.
  • by Jack Location: Washington on May 2, 2008 at 08:22 PM
    He was the REAL killer! Why he is out? Who knows? He shouldn't be. End of story. You people need to listen better. The stoey didn't say he wasn't guilty. Just another sign of the times.
  • by Mike on May 2, 2008 at 05:15 PM
    IM a little confused here,Where is the rest of the story.Why was he released?
  • by marie Location: jacksonville on May 2, 2008 at 03:58 PM
    I think he deserves to be out and get to be with his family again and meet his grandson and get to catch up with his daughter.
  • by bboy Location: nc on May 2, 2008 at 02:32 PM
    I did not read any thing about not being guilty, only that he has "poor attorney performance".
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