Man Convicted of Briefcase Bombing Freed

By Lita Beck
|  Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009  |  Updated 10:15 PM CDT
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Man Convicted of Briefcase Bombing Freed

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A man who was on death row for a deadly Lake Worth briefcase bombing is now a free man.

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A man who was on death row for a deadly Lake Worth briefcase bombing is now a free man.

 The Texas attorney general's office opened an independent investigation in the case and freed Toney pending the results of the investigation.

"The extensive post conviction investigation undertaken by Mr. Toney's defense team produced overwhelming evidence that he was both wrongfully convicted and wrongfully sentenced to death in this case," said Colleen Kennedy, Toney's defense attorney. "Mr. Toney believes that when the attorney general's own probe is done, he will be fully exonerated."

A judge let Michael Toney let out of jail Wednesday night.

The 1985 bombing killed Joe Blount, his daughter and her cousin. It exploded outside the Blount home on Thanksgiving night.

Toney was convicted in 1999 and has maintained his innocence.

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