Claude Garrett’s conviction vacated
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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