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Philadelphia Inquirer: No retrial for pair in ’95 robbery-murder

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Two men freed after serving 15 years of their life sentences for the 1995 robbery-murder of a North Philadelphia businessman will not be retried, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

The prosecutors’ decision means that for the first time since they were arrested as teenagers in 1998, Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder will not face the prospect of prison.

In October, Gilyard and Felder, both 35, were granted new trials in the Aug. 31, 1995, slaying of Thomas Keal, 52.

Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi called the evidence against them extremely weak.

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