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Prosecutors Drops Case Against Curtis Flowers After Six Trials and 23 Years Behind Bars

HeadlineSep 08, 2020

In Mississippi, prosecutors have dismissed the case against Curtis Flowers, a Black man who was tried six times and spent over two decades in prison on capital murder charges. Flowers was accused of killing four people in 1996 at a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi, but the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned his first three convictions, and Flowers’s next two trials ended in hung juries. In 2010, a jury in his sixth trial found Flowers guilty and sentenced him to death. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Flowers deserved yet another trial, saying prosecutors had engaged in racial discrimination for striking Black jurors from the panel.

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