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Claude Garrett’s conviction vacated


A man who has spent nearly 30 years behind bars after being convicted of killing his fiancé in...
A man who has spent nearly 30 years behind bars after being convicted of killing his fiancé in a house fire may soon be a free man.(WSMV)
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 11:35 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A man previously convicted of a murder 30 years ago walked free from prison on Tuesday afternoon after his charges were vacated last week.

In 1993, a jury convicted Claude Garrett of the death of his fiancé in a house fire. During an early morning fire at the couple’s home in February 1992, Lorie Lee Lance died of smoke inhalation. Garrett was convicted of first-degree murder in her death.

Last year the Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office asked that Garrett’s conviction be vacated. And in April, Judge Monte Watkins held a hearing, and there was testimony that said that the original case didn’t have enough evidence to convict Garrett.

Watkins issued a ruling last week vacating the original conviction. However, the DA’s office is not going to retry the case. That means, essentially, Garrett become a free man on Tuesday afternoon.

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