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Thomas Block

Free After 30 Years: What Now For George Allen?

Mar 1, 2013
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.