JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who spent more than three years behind bars on murder and arson charges has been released from jail after a prosecutor admitted the case against him is weak.
Randal Wagoner was scheduled for trial next week on charges he killed Kathy Johnson in March 2014 and burned down her home. A judge granted his release without bond Wednesday. For now he still faces the murder and arson charges.
The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/2pVnaJ5 ) reports Wagoner has always maintained his innocence. Defense attorneys were able to cast doubt on almost all of the state's expert witnesses.
Assistant Public Defender Michael Bateh credited prosecutor London Kite for digging into the case when questions arose. Kite, an assistant state attorney, says her investigation will determine whether the case is still viable.
Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com