Men whose “satanic” killing convictions overturned want bond
BRANDENBURG, Ky. (AP) – Two men who spent more than 20 years in prison before their murder convictions were vacated will ask a judge Thursday morning to let them out of jail.
Garr Keith Hardin and Jeffrey Dewayne Clark were convicted in 1995 of killing a woman in what prosecutors described as a Satanic ritual.
Meade Circuit Judge Bruce Butler scrapped their convictions earlier this month after DNA evidence debunked much of the evidence prosecutors presented to the jury. Testing revealed that a hair on the body prosecutors claimed belonged to Hardin had come from someone else.
The Meade County Commonwealth’s Attorney must now decide whether to seek a new trial.
The Innocence Project, which represented Hardin and Clark, said they will ask the judge Thursday to let them out on bond while awaiting the state’s decision.