Bredesen says judicial system broke down in Memphis case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Governor Bredesen says the judicial system broke down in a Memphis armed robbery case.

He's just commuted a death sentence to life without parole for an inmate convicted of murder. Bredesen said inmate Michael Joe Boyd did not get sufficient legal representation during his post-conviction hearings.

Boyd was convicted in 1988 of the murder of William Price during an armed robbery in 1986. He was scheduled to be executed on October 24th.

Memphis attorney Robert Hutton, who took over Boyd's case after the problems cited in the governor's order, said Boyd is deeply grateful and remorseful. He said Boyd still hopes to make a positive contribution to society. (

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