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Man convicted in shooting expected to win freedom

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MARIETTA, Ga. -

A man convicted of a 2005 killing he claimed was self-defense could soon be released from a Georgia jail, ending ongoing legal battles and protests.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/XyBj9d) that John McNeil was expected to be freed from the Cobb County Jail Tuesday afternoon, almost seven years after authorities say he shot a contractor outside his suburban Atlanta home.

McNeil's wife and NAACP leaders in Georgia and North Carolina waged a public relations campaign for his freedom after a Baldwin County judge ruled he was entitled to a new trial.

On Tuesday, McNeil entered a guilty plea to a manslaughter charge to end an appeal pending before the Georgia Supreme Court. He was expected to be released from jail after getting credit for time already served.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

 

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