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George Allen and his mother Lonzetta Taylor speak to reporters on Nov. 14, 2012 after a judge threw out Allen’s 1983 conviction for rape and murder. His family has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit for $14 million.
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The city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri will pay nearly $14 million to the family of a man wrongfully convicted of the 1982 rape and murder of a St. Louis court reporter.

George Allen died in 2016. His sister Elfrieda and his mother, Lonzetta Taylor, agreed to a settlement in the the federal civil rights lawsuit in December, although the case was not officially dismissed until last week. The first payment of $5 million was due in January.

George Allen, center, leaves the Cole County Courthouse in Jefferson City on Nov. 14, 2012 after a judge threw out his 1983 murder conviction.
File photo | Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

George Allen served 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Last year,  a judge told Allen that he had been wrongfully convicted and set him free. It’s been several months since Allen left prison, and to some who fought so hard to get him out; his release is bittersweet and not enough.

The crime was brutal. In February 1982, St. Louis court reporter Mary Bell was found dead in her LaSalle neighborhood apartment. She had been raped and stabbed.

(Courtesy: St. Louis City Circuit Attorney's Office)

In the early 1980s, University City resident George Allen was charged with and convicted of raping and murdering court reporter Mary Bell.

Last year, after serving 30 years in prison, Allen was released from prison as new evidence came to light which could have helped Allen’s defense and which a judge ruled made his trial unfair.

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Updated at 5 p.m. with statement from circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce. Previously updated with statement for Attorney General Chris Koster.

George Allen is a free man, likely for good.

A Missouri appeals court today upheld a lower court ruling that vacated Allen's 1983 rape and murder convictions in the death of court reporter Mary Bell.

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A University City man who’s spent 30 years behind bars has been set free by a Cole County judge after his murder conviction was vacated.

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A University City man serving a life sentence for murder may soon walk free. Attorneys representing George Allen presented new evidence at a hearing in Jefferson City Friday.

Allen has already served 30 years for the brutal 1982 rape and murder of court reporter Mary Bell.

Barry Scheck is a lawyer with the Innocence Project.  He says the Attorney General's office is accepting a list of new "undisputed facts" that could set Allen free.

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Updated 2:37 p.m. with St. Louis Public Radio story.