Curtis Flowers freed months after U.S. Supreme Court overturns conviction


UPDATE: 12/16/19 4:04 p.m.

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi man whose murder conviction was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court for racial bias has been released from custody for the first time in 22 years.

Curtis Flowers walked out of the regional jail in Louisville on Monday, hours after a judge set his bond at $250,000.

His attorney Rob McDuff says a person who wants to remain anonymous has posted $25,000, the 10% needed to secure Flowers’ release. Flowers must wear an electronic monitor while awaiting prosecutors’ decision whether to try him a seventh time.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned his fourth conviction in June, citing racial bias in jury selection.

UPDATE: 12/16/19 12:22 p.m.

WINONA, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi man tried six times in the same quadruple murder case will be allowed to post bail and leave custody for the first time in 22 years.

During a hearing Monday, a judge set bond for 49-year-old Curtis Flowers at $250,000. Circuit Judge Joseph Loper said Flowers would have to wear an electronic monitor.

The U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned Flowers’ fourth conviction, citing racial bias in jury selection. Loper says it is “troubling” that prosecutors have not responded to the defense motion to drop the charges against Flowers.  

UPDATE: 12/16/19 11:32 a.m.

WINONA, Miss. (WJTV) – A judge decided to give Curtis Flowers a $250,000 bond. He was also ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A judge is being asked to set bond for a Mississippi man while a prosecutor decides whether to try him a seventh time for a quadruple slaying 23 years ago.

Curtis Flowers was convicted four times in the shooting deaths of four furniture employees in 1996. All of the convictions were overturned and two other trials ended in a mistrial.

The Supreme Court overturned his latest conviction in June. Justices said prosecutors violated Flowers’ constitutional rights by rejecting black jurors.

Flowers is African American. His attorney says he deserves to be granted bail while he awaits the prosecutor’s decision.

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