ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce filed a motion Friday to dismiss the indictment against George Allen Jr., completing a 30 year fight to clear his name.
The motion follows a December ruling by the appeals court that upheld a lower court's decision to overturn Allen's conviction.
"We are grateful for Circuit Attorney Joyce's decision to put this case to rest once and for all and for her initiative to prevent the police practices that led to his wrongful conviction," said Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the Innocence Project.
Following the dismissal, Circuit Attorney Joyce said that the "justice system has completely failed both Mary Bell [the victim] and George Allen." She expressed concern about how the case was handled and said, "I am committed to finding a permanent solution to ensure that the mistakes made in the George Allen case do not happen again."
Allen was convicted in 1983 and was ordered released on November 14, 2012.