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Man wrongly convicted of murder released from jail

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(AP) - A North Carolina man is being released from prison after spending 20 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit.

A judge last week vacated Larry Lamb's 1993 murder conviction, and on Tuesday, prosecutors dropped the case.

1 of Lamb's attorneys, Chris Mumma of the N.C. Center on Actual Innocence, says Lamb is returning home to Mount Olive.

Prosecutors say Lamb fatally shot Leamon Grady in February 1987.

There was no physical evidence connecting Lamb or his two co-defendants to the crime. The case hinged on the testimony of a woman who claimed she had been with Lamb and the two defendants when they committed the murder.

But Judge W. Douglas Parsons ruled last week that she had a personal and financial motive to make up the story.

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