Man cleared of murder in '66 shooting gets parole

William Barnes (left), Walter T. Barclay (right) ((AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File))

March 1, 2012 5:09:28 PM PST
An elderly man is being released from prison nearly two years after his acquittal on murder charges in the 1966 shooting of Philadelphia police officer.

Lawyers for 75-year-old William Barnes said Thursday that Pennsylvania's parole board has granted Barnes' parole. It's not clear when exactly he will be released.

Barnes has been incarcerated since Officer Walter Barclay died in 2007. Prosecutors said Barclay's death was directly caused by Barnes' shooting and paralyzing him 41 years earlier.

Barnes served his full sentence for shooting Barclay. In 2010, a jury acquitted him of murdering Barclay, but he's still in prison.

The District Attorney's Office declined to comment.