Man Freed after 12 Years in Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A man granted a new trial after serving 12 years in prison is now free after the murder charge against him was dropped.

Alejandro "Alex" Hernandez was convicted of stabbing and beating to death a homeless man with a steering column lock in 1994.

But this week, the El Paso District Attorney's Office dismissed the charge because of inadequate counsel in the first trial and a lack of physical evidence.

A state appeals court overturned had Hernandez's earlier this summer.

The district attorney's office says there was no physical evidence linking Hernandez to the crime. And subsequent DNA testing could not establish a link, said Renee Railey, a spokeswoman for the district attorney.

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