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John McNeil May Leave Prison Soon

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Atlanta (WAOK)-An African American man from Kennesaw, Ga.  who has been in prison for the last six years for killing a white contractor may get out soon.  A Georgia Superior Court Judge granted John McNeil’s petition for habeas corpus in the case.

McNeil was convicted of killing Brian Epp despite evidence that he was defending himself and his family on his own property. The court’s decision said that McNeil received ineffective counsel during his trial when his attorney,“failed to request charges based on the theories of self defense.”

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has 30 days to appeal the court’s decision. If he does not appeal it McNeil could be released in 30 days.

McNeil’s case caught the attention of national and local civil rights leaders who met with him recently.

Here is more on the McNeil case

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