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Fri Aug 10, 2018, 07:48 PM

Judge dismisses case against suspected LA 'Skid Row Stabber'

Source: Associated Press


Ariel Tu, Associated Press
Updated 6:41 pm CDT, Friday, August 10, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) A judge agreed Friday to dismiss murder charges against a man suspected of killing 10 homeless men in Los Angeles in the 1970s because he only has six months to live.

At a hearing Friday morning, Bobby Joe Maxwell's sister Rosie Harmon burst into tears when the Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler dismissed Maxwell's case following a request from prosecutors.

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The 68-year-old has been comatose since last December when he suffered a heart attack and will likely never recover, Deputy District Attorney Robert Grace said.

Maxwell was convicted in the 1980s of two killings. The appeals court overturned Maxwell's convictions decades later after it found that he was the victim of a notorious jailhouse snitch who committed perjury in his two convictions.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Judge-dismisses-case-against-suspected-LA-Skid-13147367.php

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