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Georgia man might go free after 2006 conviction

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 2:00 PM
Last updated 7:12 PM
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MARIETTA, Ga. — A man convicted of a 2005 killing he claimed was self-defense could soon be released from a Georgia jail, ending ongoing legal battles and protests.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that John McNeil was expected to be freed from the Cobb County Jail Tuesday afternoon, almost seven years after authorities say he shot a contractor outside his suburban Atlanta home.

McNeil’s wife and NAACP leaders in Georgia and North Carolina waged a public relations campaign for his freedom after a Baldwin County judge ruled he was entitled to a new trial.

On Tuesday, McNeil entered a guilty plea to a manslaughter charge to end an appeal pending before the Georgia Supreme Court. He was expected to be released from jail after getting credit for time already served.

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