Barry George, whose second trial (lasting 7 weeks) for the murder of Jill Dando has hardly been mentioned in the Press was cleared of murder today after wrongly serving eight years in jail.
Today, a jury of eight women and four men , whe were sent out for a verdict on Wednesday afternoon rejected the prosecution case that George was the killer who shot Miss Dando, 37, through the head on her doorstep in Fulham, west London.
Now, after having "fit up" Barry George for a crime he did not commit, the Metropolitan Police face the task of renewing the search for the gunman nine years after the popular Crimewatch presenter was murdered on her doorstep on April 26th 1999.
George is expected to be released and walk free from the Old Bailey today.
Hilary Bradfield, the CPS reviewing lawyer today defended the decision to bring the case against Barry George, saying it was "fit to be put before a jury".
"Mr George now has the right to be regarded as an innocent man, but that does not mean it was wrong to bring the case."
"Our test is always whether there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction - it would be wholly wrong to only bring cases where we were guaranteed a conviction."
Barry George was held in custody awaiting a second trial for the murder of Jill Dando after his successful appeal in November 2007 .
Jill was killed on 26th April 1999. It was almost a year later on April 11th April 2000 that Detective Constable John Gallagher interviewed him.
Over one month later on 25 May 2000, George was arrested on suspicion of murdering the presenter. He has been in prison ever since for a crime he did not commit.
The Finding of LORD JUSTICE LEVESON and THE HONOURABLE MR JUSTICE SIMON on 15th November 2007 was Para 54. It is impossible to know what weight, if any, the jury attached to the FDR (Firearm Deposit Residue) evidence. It is equally impossible to know what verdict they would have reached had they been told as we were told, by the witnesses who gave evidence before us, that it was just as likely that the single particle of FDR came from some extraneous source as it was that it came from a gun fired by the appellant. The verdict is unsafe. The conviction will be quashed.
Mr Justice Griffith Williams excluded the FDR from the retrial, agreeing that it was inconclusive.
Even faced with this the Police and the CPS had George held in prison for a further nine months.
See also Thursday, June 21, 2007 Where were you when Jill Dando died ?
The result is a tribute to the tireless and unceasing efforts of Barry George's sister Michelle Diskin to reverse the original verdict.
Video "the Real Killers of Jill Dando"
This video is not presented as a the truth about Jill's death.Just one of several modestly plausible theories.