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Former Arkansas death row inmate freed after 16 years in custody; charges dropped in mutilation case

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Photographs by Dave Hughes

Rickey Dale Newman waits Wednesday with his court-appointed attorney, Julie Brain, for his brother outside the Crawford County jail in Van Buren after murder charges were dismissed against the former death-row inmate. “I’m a little nervous,” Newman said. “I mean, I’ve been locked up for 16 years, seven months and nine days. I have no idea what this world is all about.”

After more than 16 years in custody, including as many as 12 on death row, Rickey Dale Newman walked out of the Crawford County jail Wednesday a free man.



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