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Witness drops claim he sold drugs to prosecutor

CHICAGO (AP) - A witness at a federal court hearing in the murder of a woman whose unborn child was cut from her womb is backing off his claim he sold drugs to a DuPage County prosecutor investigating the grisly 1995 crime.

Dwight Pruitt testified Thursday he made those statements in depositions because he was given cash and a free trip.

Pruitt was testifying during a hearing for convicted killer Fedell Caffey, who is seeking a new trial for his role in the slaying of Debra Evans and 2 of her children. He received a life sentence. The baby cut from Evans' womb survived.

Accusations that former DuPage County prosecutor Jeffrey Kendall bought drugs from a key trial witness were made in appeals to state courts, which refused to order a retrial.

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