Jailed for three years awaiting trial on charges that he killed a 75-year-old woman and wounded a 71-year-old man, Geary Otis will soon be free after the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that he cannot be tried for the crimes.

The high court tossed the pending case against Otis—including charges of malice murder and aggravated assault—after finding that a Fulton County judge had wrongly declared a mistrial in the case. The court barred Fulton County prosecutors from attempting to try Otis a second time after the first trial was aborted by the judge, holding that it would constitute double jeopardy.

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