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Apr 30, 2012 4:36 PM by Matt Stafford

Mesa County DA apologizes for wrong murder arrest

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - The Mesa County District Attorney's Office is apologizing to a man who served nearly 16 years in prison for the 1994 rape and murder of a Palisade woman before he was exonerated by new testing of DNA evidence.

A hearing has been scheduled for Robert Dewey Monday afternoon, where a judge is expected to let Dewey walk free.

Authorities say an arrest warrant has been issued for Douglas Thames, who is accused of first-degree murder and first-degree sexual assault. Thames is already serving a life sentence for a 1989 murder in Fort Collins.

Dewey was sentenced in 1996 to life in prison without parole after he was convicted of killing Jacie Taylor. Taylor was found dead in the bathtub of her apartment on June 4, 1994.

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