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Clock Ticking For Prosecutors In Alton Logan Case

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Aug 12, 2008 8:30PM

On Tuseday, Circuit Court Judge James Schreier granted prosecutors a continuance as they decide whether or not to retry Alton Logan in the case of a January 1982 killing. Logan, who spent 26 years in prison for the crime, was released on bail in April when two attorneys came forward announcing that a recently-deceased client had admitted to the killing. Judge Schreier had previously granted the prosecution a continuance last month. While he granted Deputy Attorney General Ellen Mandeltort's new request, continuing the case until September 4, Schreier said, "I granted a motion for a new trial in April...We're getting to be four months later, and we need a simple decision as to whether the state is going to move forward with a new trial or not." Because the District Attorney's office should really put their resources towards retrying a man who has maintained his innocence for a crime that another man admitted to?