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Man Who Spent Nearly 50 Years Behind Bars to Walk Free After Judge Throws Out Conviction

A Louisiana man is scheduled to walk free Wednesday after spending nearly 50 years in prison for the rape and kidnapping of a nurse. Now 65, Jones was 19 when he was arrested and charged with abducting a Baton Rouge nurse at gunpoint in the parking lot of a hospital where she worked. The case against him was based on the nurse’s testimony and her “questionable identification” of Jones from a police lineup three months after the attack, the judge said. Defense lawyers said her description matched a man who was arrested but never charged in the rape of a woman kidnapped from another Baton Rouge hospital parking lot. The man was arrested again in 1973 for the rape of another woman, but was only charged with armed robbery in that incident, Jones’ attorneys said.

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