Man convicted in shooting expected to win freedom

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- 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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