Posted: Nov 18, 2013 08:25 PM CST
Updated: Aug 23, 2016 03:12 AM CDT
Flanked by his sister, Elfrieda Allen, left, and mother, Lonzetta Taylor, right, George Allen Jr. wipes his face after being released from custody Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Jefferson City, Mo. A Cole County judge overturned a 95-year prison sentence Nov. 2 and ordered Allen's release after spending nearly three decades in prison on rape and murder convictions, ruling police had withheld evidence that raised questions about Allen's guilt.
In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 photo, Reginald Griffin talks about his life after prison at his lawyer's office in Kansas City, Mo. Griffin, who was released on bond in Dec. 2012 after the Missouri Supreme Court overturned his murder conviction and life sentence stemming from a 1983 prison stabbing, is awaiting a possible new trial on the charge.
A judge in Taney County found Paula Hall not guilty of second-degree murder for the death of Freda Heyn in late 2003. Hall was retried after an earlier first-degree murder conviction by a jury was overturned by a circuit judge and an appeals court. She was sentenced to 17 years in prison on the earlier conviction but is now free.
Robert Nelson spent 30 years prison after being wrongly convicted of a 1983 rape. He was sentenced to 70 years for the crime, before being exonerated by DNA evidence.
Mark Woodworths' conviction in the 1990 slaying of a rural neighbor was recently overturned by the state Supreme Court. He remains free on bond as the state prepares for a third murder trial in the case. Woodworth has been serving a life sentence in the fatal shooting of Cathy Robertson. His latest conviction was thrown out in Jan. 2013 when the Missouri Supreme Court ruled state prosecutors had failed to share evidence with Woodworth that could have helped his defense.
Ryan Ferguson appears at a Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 press conference minutes after his release from prison. The Missouri attorney general said he won't seek to retry Ferguson whose murder conviction and 40-year prison sentence in the slaying of Kent Heitholt, a newspaper sports editor, were recently overturned by the state's appeals court.