*In Los Angeles, 74-year-old Mary Virginia Jones (pictured), who served 32 years for a murder committed by an abusive boyfriend, was released from prison early Tuesday morning.
Here’s what ABC7 is reporting:
Mary Virginia Jones was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery in 1981 and sentenced to life without parole for a killing committed alongside then-boyfriend and abuser Mose Willis.
Willis allegedly kidnapped two men and ordered Jones at gunpoint to drive a car to a back alley in Los Angeles, where Willis shot the men. Jones ran and was arrested a few days later. Willis was arrested, and later died while awaiting execution on death row.
Law students at USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project recently challenged her case. They argued she would not have been convicted if the jury had heard expert testimony about the impact of intimate partner battering.
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