According to the Associated Press, all charges against a former Plainfield man who served 22 years in prison for the murder and rape of two children were dropped yesterday after prosecutors cited new DNA testing they said links another man to the crime. Byron Halsey, 46, was released from prison May 15 after a judge threw out his convictions. But until Monday, Halsey could have been retried on charges of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated manslaughter, felony murder, child abuse and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Instead, on prosecutors’ recommendation Monday, all charges were dropped in a hearing that lasted about two minutes. Halsey, dressed in a gray suit and flanked by his lawyers, stood up and asked the judge, “Can I have your autograph please?”