A convicted murderer walked free out of a Jefferson City courtroom Wednesday morning. George Allen Jr. served 29 years of a 95-year sentence in the February 1982 death of 31-year-old Mary Bell. She was attacked and killed in her St. Louis apartment during a blinding snowstorm.
A Cole County judge overturned Allen’s conviction November 2nd. Circuit Judge Dan Green told Allen Wednesday he could return home while the state appeals that ruling. The case took a turn two years ago after lawyers found previously undisclosed documents showing police did not tell prosecutors or defense attorneys Bell’s attacker had a blood type inconsistent with Allen’s.