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Man convicted of murder is free after judge rules that autopsy was flawed
BY ANTHONY COLAROSSI AND PAMELA J. JOHNSON
Posted on Sat, Aug. 28, 2004
Knight Ridder Newspapers
ORLANDO, Fla. - (KRT) - Alan Yurko, sentenced to life in 1999 for shaking his baby son to death, was a free man Friday after a judge ruled a botched autopsy and other new evidence warranted a new trial.
Soon after Circuit Judge C. Alan Lawson's ruling, Yurko reached a deal with prosecutors: He pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to the time already served - six years and 125 days.
Hours later, he was later released from the Orange County Jail into the arms of his wife and to the cheers of about 25 supporters, who have long maintained his innocence.
A broadly smiling Yurko emerged through the jail's glass doors shortly after 8 p.m. with a large white trash bag filled with legal papers and letters slung over one shoulder.