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Former murder suspect, victim's widow speak after charges dismissed

(Source: KNWA) (Source: KNWA)
BENTONVILLE, AR (KAIT/KNWA) -

An Arkansas judge dropped murder charges against a man in a case that gained national attention after prosecutors wanted evidence from an Amazon Echo.

In a report by KNWA in Northwest Arkansas, James Bates, the former murder suspect, said he’s maintained his innocence since being accused of killing Victor Collins in 2015.

Bates allowed the recordings from his Amazon device to be released.

A motion filed Tuesday dismissed the case with prosecutors saying the current evidence supported more than on “reasonable explanation” for Collins’ death.

But Collins’ widow wasn’t happy with the court’s decision to dismiss.

To see what she told KNWA and read a full review of the case, click here

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