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Oklahoma County DA moves to dismiss case against man who served nearly 50 years in prison

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Oklahoma County District Attorney Vicki Behenna announced her office is seeking to dismiss their case against a man who, until recently, had been in prison for nearly 50 years.

In 1975, a 22-year-old Glynn Simmons was found guilty of murdering Carolyn Sue Rogers at an Edmond liquor store. He was sentenced to death by electrocution, but was later given a life sentence following a 1977 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

After serving 48 years in prison, now 70-year-old Simmons was set free on bond in July after his conviction was thrown out when his trial was found to be unfair.

While Behenna originally requested a new trial for Simmons, she announced in a press releaseon Monday that since her office cannot prove that Simmons shot and killed Rogers, they are seeking to dismiss the case.

Hannah France is a reporter and producer for KGOU.
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