LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Authorities said Rhonda Sue Warford was killed in a Meade County field in 1992.
It’s a crime they said was committed by Jeff Clark and Keith Hardin.
Nearly three decades later, a special prosecutor on the case from the attorney general’s office filed a motion to drop murder charges against the men.
“Finally!”, Louisville attorney Larry Simon, who represents Hardin, said. “This is great. It’s almost too much to take in.”
In 2016, Clark and Hardin were granted a new trial by a Meade County judge after newly tested DNA evidence no longer linked them to the crime and questionable testimony by a former detective on the case.
The attorney general’s office now agrees and has moved to dismiss the murder indictments altogether.
“I could not believe that I got that phone call that my brother was free. It was just amazing to me,” Ginny Peak, Hardin’s sister, said.
His relatives have long fought to free their brother.
“To say it's finally here for him and he can finally now in his late 40's, can live the life that he's deserved since he's been 22,” Hardin’s sister, Vickie Howser, said.
Clark and Hardin spent more than 20 years in prison for a murder they say they never committed.
Their supporters say now the truth is finally coming out.
A judge has to officially sign an order granting the prosecutors motion to dismiss the charges before this is all a done deal.
Clark and Hardin were able to bond out of custody when their convictions were overturned.
The two men are scheduled to be in court on Monday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m., when the legal team will ask the court to grant the motion to dismiss the indictments.
WHAS11 News was unable to reach the victim's family for comment.
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