The state's highest court has ruled that murder charges against a Lumpkin County man must be dropped and that he can't be prosecuted again for the crime.
The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Friday that Lewis Melvin Dempsey should be cleared in the 2009 shooting death of Dillard Jewell Crane following a long-standing property dispute between the men. Dempsey was indicted two months after Crane's death on murder and other charges.
The trial court upheld the first indictment but ruled that the grand jury improperly included a member of the local city council. A second grand jury's indictment was thrown out after the panel charged Dempsey without hearing any evidence in the case.
The Supreme Court overturned the first indictment and upheld the dismissal of the second indictment.