Magazine article Corrections Forum

After 16 Years in Prison, Indiana Woman Freed of Murder Charge in Son's Death

Magazine article Corrections Forum

After 16 Years in Prison, Indiana Woman Freed of Murder Charge in Son's Death

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Indianapolis Star

Kristine Bunch of Indiana was granted a new trial after 16 years in prison for the murder of her 3year-old son and will not be tried again - at least not for now. A prosecutor dismissed a murder charge against Bunch, 38, but said the case was still under investigation. The latest legal maneuvers leave a cloud over Bunch nearly 17 years after her son died in a fire she was accused of setting, her attorney Ron Safer said. He said Bunch is not speaking publicly about the case at this time. Safer teamed with the Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University to champion Bunch's fight for acquittal. Bunch was 22 when she was sentenced in 1996 to 60 years in prison after being convicted of intentionally setting fire to a house trailer that killed her young son in 1995. …

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