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KATU: 1998 triple murder convict to be released

The Associated Press, KATU-TV,

Portland, OR

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland television station is reporting that a 43-year-old man convicted of a 1998 triple homicide in Polk County could soon be out of jail.

KATU reports that the Polk County district attorney's office has decided to dismiss the case against Phillip Cannon, who has always maintained that he did not murder Jason Kinzer, Suzan Osborne and Celesta Graves.

Earlier this year, the state approved a new trial after Cannon claimed that forensic evidence was flawed. The technique that was used to analyze bullets at the West Salem murder scene has been discredited by the National Academy of Sciences and the FBI no longer uses it.

Cannon has been awaiting the new trial in the Polk County jail.

KATU reports prosecutors have learned that physical evidence from the case has been destroyed.

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