Saturday, December 20, 2008

Preston's testimony was used in at least 60 felony cases in Brevard.

After his murder case is dropped, Bill Dillon seeks $1.35M from Florida

A Brevard County man who served 27 years in prison before prosecutors dropped his murder case will seek compensation -- about $1.35 million -- from the state for a wrongful conviction, an official with an advocacy group said. Bill Dillon, accused of beating James Dvorak to death in 1981, won a new trial in November because tests proved Dillon's DNA wasn't on a bloody T-shirt used in his conviction. But Wednesday, Brevard-Seminole State Attorney Norm Wolfinger said he no longer would pursue a murder charge against Dillon, saying too many witnesses had died and it would be too difficult to prosecute a 27-year-old case. Seth Miller, executive director of the Innocence Project of Florida, an advocacy group that pushed for the DNA tests that helped free Dillon, said Thursday that his organization is also calling for a review of cases involving a controversial dog handler who testified against Dillon.

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