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Judge dismisses cases against men convicted in 1985 murder


TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Two men who spent decades in prison based in part on the erroneous testimony of world-famous forensic expert Henry Lee had all charges against them dismissed Friday by a Connecticut Superior Court judge.

The ruling by Superior Court Judge Dan Shaban came after the state Supreme Court last year vacated the felony murder convictions of Ralph "Ricky" Birch and Shawn Henning in the Dec. 1, 1985, slaying of 65-year-old Everett Carr, of New Milford.

Birch had served more than 30 years of a 55-year sentence for felony murder. Henning, who was 17 when the crime occurred,...

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