Florida Serial Rapist Suspect Cleared of 1983 Murder

Photo courtesy of Florida Department of Corrections

Florida prosecutors say DNA evidence clears a deceased suspect previously accused of killing a 20-year-old women in 1983.

Broward County prosecutors asked a judge this week to dismiss Ronald Stewart's 1985 conviction for the murder of Regina Harrison. They say the real killer was Jack Jones, who was executed in 1995 for an Arkansas murder. Jones also pleaded guilty to a 1991 Fort Lauderdale homicide.

Stewart was arrested in 1983 for serial rapes reported throughout south Florida. He pleaded guilty to three and no contest to second-degree murder for Harrison's death. Stewart was sentenced to 50-years in prison where he died.

Prosecutors say Stewart's serial rape convictions and the evidence behind them stand.

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