The Latest: Convicted killer freed amid doubts about guilt

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Posted: Jun 23, 2016 7:37 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the release of a man convicted of the 2000 killing of a college student (all times local):

4:35 p.m.

A former security guard convicted of killing a Southern California college student 16 years ago has been released from prison.

After 11 years behind bars, Raymond Jennings was freed Thursday afternoon on the order of a Los Angeles judge. He'll have to wear an electronic monitoring device and return to court in August, when his conviction might be overturned.

Prosecutors sought his release, saying they have new evidence that casts doubt on his guilt.

Jennings was given 40 years to life after he was convicted of shooting 18-year-old Michelle O'Keefe in a car at a Palmdale parking lot in 2000.

Jennings said he simply discovered her. No blood or other physical evidence linked him to the crime. He was convicted of second-degree murder after three trials but always maintained his innocence.

O'Keefe's father says he still believes Jennings is guilty until proven otherwise.

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12:05 p.m.

A judge in Los Angeles has ordered a convicted killer freed after prosecutors said they have new doubts that he killed a college student 16 years ago.

Forty-two-year-old Raymond Jennings was ordered released Thursday on his own recognizance but he'll wear an electronic monitor.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office asked for his release while it reinvestigates the February 2000 shooting of 18-year-old Michelle O'Keefe in a park-and-ride lot in Palmdale.

Jennings, a security guard, said he heard gunshots and found the woman in a car. After three trials, he was convicted of second-degree murder in 2009 and sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison.

No physical evidence linked Jennings to the crime and he's always maintained his innocence.