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State could refile charges against Bunch

IL Staff
December 19, 2012
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Although arson and murder charges were dismissed against Kristine Bunch Tuesday in Decatur County, prosecutors may decide to refile charges after further investigation.

The state’s motion dismissed the matter without prejudice, and the state is identifying witnesses that may be available to testify and gathering evidence to present to a jury, according to the motion.

“The State may elect to present the available evidence, along with the Defense theory that was presented on Post-Conviction Relief to the Trial Court and the Court of Appeals, to a Grand Jury at a later date,” the motion states.

Doug Brown, Decatur County chief deputy prosecutor, said because the investigation is ongoing he isn’t able to provide more details.

Bunch was convicted in 1996 of arson and murder relating to a 1995 fire that killed her 3-year-old son, Tony, at their trailer home in Greensburg. She was sentenced to 60 years and argued she was wrongfully convicted because of faulty science used by the fire investigators.

In August, Bunch was freed from prison after being behind bars for 16 years, after the Court of Appeals in March ordered a new trial.

 

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