State seeks to reinstate Wilbert Jones' 1974 conviction

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Just weeks after Wilbert Jones was exonerated and released from prison after serving nearly 46 years for rape, prosecutors have asked the Supreme Court to reinstate his conviction.

Multiple media outlets report East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors Friday urged the Louisiana Supreme Court to reinstate Jones' 1974 conviction in the abduction and rape of a Baton Rouge nurse.

Jones was released on bail November 15th after a judge ruled prosecutors held back evidence from the defense during the original trial.

In an appeal, the district attorney's office stated prosecutors did not "hide evidence" from the defense.

Jones has said he is not worried about an appeal because he is innocent.

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