Former death row inmate released from prison in 2004 murder

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former death row inmate was released from prison last week after serving a reduced sentence in the 2004 shooting death of a woman.

Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said Thursday that 32-year-old Montez Spradley was released Sept. 4 after spending nearly 10 years behind bars. Spradley was initially convicted for killing the 58-year-old Marlene Jason during a robbery on Jan. 9, 2004 in Birmingham.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously overturned a capital murder conviction and death sentence four years ago against Spradley for shooting Jason to death. The appeal court said errors occurred in his trial, including improper testimony and the improper admission of security video from gas stations.

Bradley said in a statement that he's glad to be alive to see his children.

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