PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A judge dismissed the charges Friday against a man convicted of killing two people in the ‘70s.
David J. Munchinski was convicted in 1977 of shooting and killing James P. Alford and Raymond Gierke.
In 2001, a federal magistrate reversed the conviction, saying prosecutors withheld evidence during Munchinski’s trials.
In 2011, Munchinski was released from prison after serving 25 years of a life sentence.
The judge originally refused to dismiss the murder charges, saying she “lacks the authority” to throw them out.
However, Friday, Munchinski’s charges were formally dropped.
It was the first case ever investigated by the Innocence Institute of Point Park University.