George Allen

George Allen walks out of the Cole County Courthouse on November 14, 2012. A state appeals court today vacated his 1983 rape and murder convictions.

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.

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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.