Crash Kills Ex-Death Row Inmate Month After Freed

Monday, Oct 5, 2009  |  Updated 3:45 PM CDT
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Crash Kills Ex-Death Row Inmate Month After Freed

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A Texas death row inmate freed after an appeals court overturned his capital murder conviction has died in an East Texas pickup truck crash.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports 43-year-old Michael Roy Toney died in an 11 a.m. Saturday crash in Cherokee County. The Texas Department of Public Safety reports his truck veered off Farm Road 347, overturned and ejected and crushed Toney.

Toney had spent almost 10 years on death row for the 1985 bombing deaths of three people in a suburban Fort Worth trailer. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in December that the prosecutor withheld evidence that might have helped Toney at his 1999 trial.

The Tarrant County District Attorney's office didn't deny the assertion, and the state attorney general's office dropped the charges on Sept. 2. Toney was released pending a new investigation.

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