- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Bond has been set at $1 million for a Chicago man granted a new trial after spending more than 20 years in prison in connection with a drug-related double murder.

Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday they will retry 46-year-old Edward Bolden for the murders of Irving Clayton and Derrick Frazier. The two were found Jan. 29, 1994 in a burning car on Chicago’s South Side.

Cook County Circuit Judge Alfredo Maldonado ruled last month that Bolden had a “substantial deprivation of constitutional rights” following his arrest for the crimes.

Maldonado noted the prosecution’s evidence based on the wounded brother of a murder victim was “far from overwhelming.” The judge also pointed at the “problematic identification” of Bolden by the witness and the lack of other evidence connecting Bolden to the murders.

Defense attorney Ronald Safer expressed disappointment with the decision to retry Bolden.

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