ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The state of Missouri has denied Attorney General Chris Koster's appeal of George Allen Jr.'s overturned conviction for rape and murder.
Allen was freed in November after spending more than 30 years in prison for rape and murder after DNA and other evidence was called into question.
Court reporter Mary Bell's body was found inside her Lafayette Park home on February 4, 1982. She'd been raped, stabbed and her throat was slit.
Allen, who had been admitted to psychiatric wards in the past, falsely confessed to the crime during questioning.
Nanci Gonder, Press Secretary for the Missouri Attorney General's Office, released the following statement to NewsChannel 5:
"Throughout this case, we have tried to meet the challenge of honoring our duty to prosecute as well as our commitment to justice. We appealed the trial court's finding as part of the safeguarding process for serious criminal convictions. As previously stated, we defer to the Western District Court of Appeals' decision, and will not pursue further action."