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DNA sets John Grega free

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -

John Grega spent 18 years behind bars for a crime he maintained he didn't commit.

The state is ready to concede they can't prove he did, but say they're not giving up on finding his wife's killer.

Wednesday evening, prosecutors dropped all charges again John Grega.

In 1995, a jury convicted him of raping and killing his wife while on a Vermont vacation.

Grega's attorney Ian Carleton reacted to the news Wednesday evening, "The state had the wrong man in the fist place. John has never been guilty of this crime and the real perpetrator is still out there at large."

Modern analysis techniques applied to old DNA evidence coupled with a 2008 law change overturned the conviction last August, but the Windham County State's Attorney planned to retry him, until Wednesday.

"We believe it should've been done a year ago when the DNA evidence was originally found, but we'll take it today," Carleton said.

Grega's wife's rape kit revealed the presence of an unknown man's DNA.

In a press release, prosecutors say their office, State police and local authorities in Dover will continue to investigate the 1994 slaying.

Reporter Kyle Midura: Is Mr. Grega going to be seeking damages from the state?

Ian Carleton: You know, this is all so new to us at the point. We've only known about this for a few hours now, so I haven't had that discussion with John. It's too early to tell.

Windham County prosecutors, the attorney general, as well as state and local police did not respond to our requests for interviews.

Carleton says Grega has spent the last year re-acquainting himself with friends and family.

Prosecutors still could bring charges again if they find new evidence. 

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