St. Louis man convicted of 1983 rape and murder expecting prison release

Nov 13, 2012

Attorneys for a St. Louis man whose 1983 rape and murder convictions were recently thrown out by a Missouri judge say they expect his release from prison on Wednesday.

George Allen Jr. was sentenced to 95 years behind bars in the 1982 death of 31-year-old Mary Bell. A Cole County judge overturned that conviction on Nov. 2 and ordered Allen's release.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is appealing the ruling to the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals.

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday morning in Jefferson City.