Linsey Favors, the man accused of killing a 75-year-old women at the state Farmer’s Market in 2004, will go free today.
Assistant District Attorney Don Kelly said Favors’ case has been placed on a dead docket, meaning the prosecution has been postponed indefinitely. A dead docket case can at any time be reopened, Kelly said.
Police arrested Favors on March 15, 2005 and charged him in connection with the slaying of Vera Braswell. Braswell died of a stab wound to the neck and blunt-force injuries to her head. Her body was discovered the morning of Dec. 8, 2004 by a market customer inside a walk-in cooler.
The district attorney at the time, Gray Conger, filed his intention in October 2005 to seek the death penalty. In the fall of 2008, Conger reached an agreement with the defense, taking the death penalty off the table, Kelly said. In May 2009, hearings were held between the defense and prosecution. During those hearings, Kelly said information was shared with him that changed his evaluation of the case. What that additional information is, Kelly would not say because the case may one day proceed to trial.
Last week Kelly met with the Braswell family to speak with them about the new developments in the case.
“I shared with them both what we had as far as the facts of the case and what this information was,” Kelly said. “They agreed with us that at this point it did not make any sense to go forward.”
Favors, who has been in the Muscogee County Jail since his arrest four years ago, will be released some time today.