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Mo. man convicted of murder could walk free

Mark Woodworth now waits to find out whether he'll be released or get a new trial. Mark Woodworth now waits to find out whether he'll be released or get a new trial.
All cases have one thing in common, special prosecutor Kenny Hulshof. All cases have one thing in common, special prosecutor Kenny Hulshof.
Raburn Evans says he's never believed Richard Clay (above) killed his best friend Randy Martindale in 1994. Raburn Evans says he's never believed Richard Clay (above) killed his best friend Randy Martindale in 1994.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Another Missouri man convicted of murder could walk free. Some say it's a sign of too many flaws in our justice system.

He's the third man who could go free in the fourth murder case within the last few years where the conviction was brought into question.

Most recently, it's Mark Woodworth who now waits to find out whether he'll be released or get a new trial. Earlier this month a Missouri judge called his case "a manifest of injustice," saying prosecutors did not hand over key evidence.

The string began in 2009 when a judge declared Joshua Kezer an innocent man. A year later, Dale Helmig walked free.

All cases have one thing in common, special prosecutor Kenny Hulshof.

"I just think something needs to be done. This is not a personal vendetta this is an issue of credibility and honor and what are we going to do with it," said Joshua Kezer.

Kezer served 16 years for the Scott County murder of Mischelle Lawless.

Judges cited prosecutorial misconduct in Helmig and Kezer's case.

Kezer feels all of Hulshof's murder cases deserve review.

"I'm not trying to destroy a man, I'm just trying to help people," said Kezer.

In another case with ties to Hulsho, Raburn Evans says he's never believed Richard Clay killed his best friend Randy Martindale in 1994.

"Richard Clay was just the fall guy," said Evans. "The evidence didn't add up. They needed to convict somebody. I felt like they were putting the brakes on me," said Evans. "I would try to tell my part and they'd say but you can't say that."

Governor Nixon commuted Clay's sentence from death to life in prison last year. Evans believes Clay should be set free. He doesn't blame Hulshof, but the system over all.

"It should be his bosses in question," said Evans.

In a Statement, Hulshof said: "Each of these cases has a different set of facts and circumstances. "Two separate juries in two separate trials convicted Woodworth. I was the prosecutor in the first case only. To try and lump all these cases together to appear as some sort of pattern is not telling the full story. I remain confident of our legal system and a jury's ability to make sound decisions based on the evidence presented."

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