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Case dismissed in Tulsa against man who spent 16 years in prison

BY BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World Modified: September 28, 2012 at 8:00 am •  Published: September 28, 2012

A man whose conviction was vacated after he spent some 16 years behind bars had his case dismissed Thursday but did not get the finding of "actual innocence" that he sought.

A Tulsa County judge ordered the dismissal of a 1995 burglary-robbery case against Sedrick Courtney, who was paroled from prison in 2011.

District Judge William Kellough indicated that he did not think a reasonable jury could make a finding of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt if presented with DNA evidence that was not available at Courtney's trial in 1996.

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