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Columbus Women Freed After 11 Years In Prison

Posted by WCBI News Director | July 02, 2012 / 11:02am | Top Story, Local News
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - A judge has thrown out the aggravated assault convictions of two Columbus women.

Tammy Vance and Leigh Stubbs were convicted in 2001 in Lincoln County for morphine possession and aggravated assault.

The Daily Leader reports that Circuit Judge Michael Taylor threw out the convictions this past week and the two were released from jail Thursday.

The decision came after a February hearing in which lawyers with the Mississippi Innocence Project argued prosecutors in the original trial failed to turn over evidence damaging to the state's case.

Vance and Stubbs were charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of morphine, conspiracy to possess morphine and grand larceny in connection with the sexual assault of a 21-year-old Vicksburg woman at a Brookhaven motel in March 2000.
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