Thirty-two-year-old Montez Spradley was released for an Alabama prison on September 4, 2015, after he had spent nearly 10 years behind bars.  Montez had originally been convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 58-year-old Marlene Jason on January 9, 2004, in Birmingham, Alabama, a crime he alleges he did not commit.  His death sentence was overturned on September 30, 2011, due to improper admission of evidence during the trial.  Montez sentence was also overturned because the one of the key witnesses against him - his ex-girlfriend - admitted that her testimony was false and that she had received reward money for her testimony.  She also later confessed that she was threatened into testifying.  The reward money, which was approved by the judge, was never revealed to the defense or the jury.  The other witness was a jailhouse snitch, who alleged that Montez confessed to him.  The testimony of each witness contained inconsistencies.

 

Following his sentence being overturned, Montez agreed to a plea deal which included a 10 year sentence, with credit granted for time already served.  Montez was released earlier this month.  Please pray for him and his family as he adjusts to his new life.  Please pray for the family of Marlene Jason.

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