RICHMOND, Va. – An ex-sailor whose conviction for 1997 rape and murder of a woman was overturned will not face another trial.
A prosecutor's decision Thursday could help three other former sailors who are fighting to be exonerated in the case involving the so-called "Norfolk Four."
The men were convicted in the rape and murder of 18-year-old Michelle Moore-Bosko, but they claimed their confessions were coerced by police.
A judge accepted a request by a special prosecutor to drop charges against Derek Tice of Clayton, N.C. He had served 11 years before being released.
A fifth defendant, who said he acted alone, is serving life in prison for the crime.