The Satellite Beach man spent 27 years in prison for a murder he said he did not commit. On Dec. 10, Dillon received a phone call from his attorney letting him know the state was dropping all charges against him.
Dillon benefited from recent DNA testing that excluded him from a key piece of evidence prosecutors insisted was worn by the killer. The case was reminiscent of the Wilton Dedge case. Dedge was released in 2004 after DNA cleared him from a rape conviction that he had served
22 years for.
Public Defender J.R. Russo, as well as attorneys for the Innocence Project of Florida, called for the governor to appoint a special prosecutor to look into possible misconduct by the state attorney's office in Brevard County.