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The Latest: Man with 70-year term leaves prison after recant

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on a hearing for a man who’s spent 27 years in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit (all times local):

5:05 p.m.

A man who served 27 years in prison for the murder of a childhood girlfriend has been released on $25,000 bail after the key witness in the case recanted.

Forty-four-year-old Anthony Sanborn was bailed out Thursday. He had been convicted of killing 16-year-old Jessica Briggs and sentenced to 70 years in prison.

At a hearing earlier Thursday, Hope Cady testified that as a 13-year-old she was pressured by police and prosecutors into identifying Sanborn as the killer. She said she was facing juvenile charges, and authorities threatened to send her away for years. She said her vision wasn’t good enough to have been able to see what happened.

The judge set bail and said she’ll have further proceedings before deciding whether to set aside the conviction and order a new trial.

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12:20 p.m.

A judge has set bail for a Maine man who’s spent 27 years in prison for a 1989 murder and whose guilt has been called into question by new evidence.

The key witness in Anthony Sanborn’s trial now says she didn’t see the killing. The judge is considering a motion for a new trial and set bail at $25,000 on Thursday.

Hope Cady testified Thursday she was coerced by police and prosecutors who told her what to say at trial. She says she had no knowledge of the killing, which happened when she was 13.

Sanborn supporters packed the courtroom and broke into applause when he entered. Both Sanborn and the victim, Jessica Briggs, were 16 at the time of her death.

Officials say Briggs’ throat was slit and she was stabbed repeatedly before being thrown in Portland Harbor.

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11:35 a.m.

The key witness in the trial of a teenage boy convicted in the fatal stabbing of a girl in 1989 now says she didn’t see the killing.

Hope Cady testified Thursday that she was coerced by police and prosecutors who told her what to say at the trial of Anthony Sanborn. She says she had no knowledge of the killing, which happened when she was 13.

Sanborn’s lawyer wants the judge to set aside the conviction and release Sanborn pending a new trial.

Sanborn supporters packed the courtroom and broke into applause when he entered the room. Both Sanborn and the victim, Jessica Briggs, were 16 at the time of her death.

Officials say Briggs’ throat was slit and she was stabbed repeatedly before being thrown in Portland harbor.

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