Mid-South man looks back on 2 years in jail after charges dropped

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Steven Fason walked out of 201 Poplar on Friday after spending two years behind bars. He walked out because prosecutors dropped the charges against the man once accused of being a serial killer.

Steven Fason sat with his wife by his side and talked about the accusations he killed three women over a seven month period in 2006.

"I did not murder those women. Under no circumstances as God is my witnesses..I'm an innocent man," Fason said.

Fason spent two years behind bars charged with the murders.

"You're laying there knowing you ain't done nothing," Fason said.

Fason was acquitted of the strangulation murder  of Mary Nelson, whose nude body was found in an abandoned house near Getwell and Knight Arnold. Fason's DNA was found on a liquor bottle near Nelson, a prostitute and drug addict.

But DNA was also found that could implicate several other people.

Fason was also indicted for the stabbing deaths of two women whose bodies were found in weeds at the Old Mall of Memphis site.

Prosecutors recently dropped those charges due to lack of evidence.

Fason told me he knew all three women.

"We all rode around...kicked it together, partied together sometimes. We knew each other, it's a neighborhood," Fason said.

Fason said he thinks he was accused of killing all of the women because of the people he used to hang out with wanted the Crime Stoppers reward.

Fason said those two years behind bars taught him a lesson.

Fason said he sympathizes with the families of the three murdered women and points out there is still someone out there who committed those murders.

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