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Prosecutor won't seek retrial of ex-soldiers in 1992 killing

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia prosecutor says she will not seek to re-try three former soldiers who spent more than half their lives in prison for a killing their lawyers say they had no role in.

Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap said her office told a judge Thursday it would not seek a new trial against the three.

Mark Jones, Kenneth Gardiner and Dominic Lucci were in their early 20s when they were convicted of murder in the Jan. 31, 1992, slaying of Stanley Jackson in Savannah, Georgia.

Prosecutors have said the crime was racially motivated. The three former soldiers are white, and Jackson was black.

The three men were freed in December, after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors improperly withheld a police report that would have helped their defense.

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