|Prosecutors: Executed Arkansas inmate claims 1983 Florida murder after death|
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — For almost 40 years, no one doubted serial rapist Ronald Stewart murdered Regina Harrison in a South Florida park — not police, not prosecutors and not her family.
He pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale to three rapes, was convicted of other attacks in Mississippi and when accused of Harrison’s 1983 slaying, he pleaded no contest to second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison, where he died of cancer in 2008, never disputing he killed Harrison, a 20-year-old college student.
But on Thursday, the Broward County state attorney’s office asked a judge to throw out Stewart’s murder conviction, saying he didn’t do it. Her killer, they say, was Jack Jones, a serial murderer executed by Arkansas in 2017 for a woman’s 1995 rape and slaying.
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