Timothy McKinney pleads to a lesser charge - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Timothy McKinney pleads to a lesser charge

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

After fifteen years in prison, Timothy McKinney will be released from prison later this afternoon.

Timothy McKinney was accused and convicted of fatally shooting Memphis policeman Don Williams in 1999 but it was later overturned and was granted a new trial.  Two more trials would follow and end in hung jury's.  

Rather than push for a forth trial, prosecutors agreed to credit McKinney for time served in exchange for McKinney agreeing to a lessor charge, second degree murder. 

This plea stops short of an Alford Plea, where a defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence. Under the Alford plea, the defendant admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Board of Prison's will release McKinney sometime this afternoon to his family.

FOX13's Les Smith will have a full report on FOX13 News at 5 p.m.  

McKinney Timeline: http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/search?vendor=ez&qu=timothy+mckinney

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