Update: Bond granted for Curtis Flowers


Update: A Mississippi man whose murder conviction was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court for racial bias is set to be released from custody for the first time in 22 years.

A judge on Monday set a $250,000 bond for 49-year-old Curtis Flowers. Circuit Judge Joseph Loper said Flowers would have to wear an electronic monitor while prosecutors decide whether to try him for a seventh time.

The U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned Flowers’ fourth conviction, citing racial bias in the jury selection.

Flowers’ attorney says a person who wants to remain anonymous has posted the $25,000 necessary to secure Flowers’ release. He could be released later Monday.


6:00 am: A judge is being asked to set bond for a Mississippi man who has been tried six times in the same quadruple murder case.

Curtis Flowers is charged in the 1996 shooting deaths at a furniture store in Winona.

He is appearing in court in that town Monday. Four of his convictions have been overturned, and two ended in mistrials.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned his sixth conviction in June. Justices said prosecutors violated his constitutional rights by rejecting black jurors.

The district attorney has not said whether he will try Flowers a seventh time. (AP)

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