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GAS STATION SLAYING
Mercer County prosecutor says man won't retried in 1995 slaying of gas station worker
Reported by: Associated Press
Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:33 AM EDT
Mercer County prosecutor Scott Ash says he won't retry a man whose conviction in a 1995 slaying was overturned.
Ash says the charge could be brought again if new evidence is discovered.
Hurt was convicted of first-degree murder in July 1998. He was accused of acting as a lookout when Freddie Lester was fatally shot during a robbery at a Rich Oil gas station in Bluefield.
Last month, the West Virginia Supreme Court upheld a 2011 ruling by Circuit Court Judge Joseph Pomponio Jr. that overturned Hurt's conviction. Pomponio ruled that Hurt's counsel was ineffective and a witness was unreliable.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com