SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man imprisoned for nearly two decades until his murder conviction was thrown out has been granted his freedom after attorneys challenged bite-mark evidence that was a key to his case. A prosecutor in Somerset County told a judge Tuesday that his office wants to dismiss the indictment against Gerard Richardson in the death of 19-year-old Monica Reyes. Richardson was convicted in 1995 largely on bite-mark evidence taken from the victim's back.
Reyes' body was found in a ditch in Bernards Township in central New Jersey. Attorneys from the Innocence Project challenged the bite-mark evidence, and it was eventually determined the bite mark contained another man's DNA. Richardson had been out on bail since late October.