Woman freed from prison after 42 years, awaits new trial

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CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — After 42 years behind bars, a central Pennsylvania woman has been released from prison, pending a new trial in a double-murder arson case.

PennLive.com (http://bit.ly/1K3w928 ) reports that 62-year-old Letitia Smallwood was released from Muncy State Prison late Monday to live with her aunt in Carlisle.

Four decades ago, Smallwood was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for crimes she says she didn't commit.

Last month, a Cumberland County judge vacated her convictions, ordered a new trial and granted Smallwood unsecured bail of $20,000. The judge says prosecutors relied on arson science that has been discounted.

The Cumberland County prosecutor has appealed to Superior Court.

Prosecutors say a lovers' quarrel prompted Smallwood, then 20, to set the 1972 fire at a Carlisle apartment building that killed two people.


Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com

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