Akron Man Gets New Trial After 17 Years Behind Bars

Dewey Jones was sentenced to life in prison for the 1993 murder of 71-year-old Neil Rankin. Jones had a lengthy criminal record prior to the conviction, but has always maintained he was not involved in Rankin's murder.(Photo: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)
Dewey Jones was sentenced to life in prison for the 1993 murder of 71-year-old Neil Rankin. Jones had a lengthy criminal record prior to the conviction, but has always maintained he was not involved in Rankin's murder.(Photo: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)

An Akron man who’s maintained his innocence on a murder conviction for the last 17 years is getting a new trial.

Dewey Jones was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 for murder of an elderly man, but recent DNA testing showed blood found at the crime scene did not comes from Jones.

A Summit county judge yesterday ruled that throws into question the state’s entire case against Jones.

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