- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

TYLER, Texas (AP) - A court hearing is planned for a former Texas death row inmate who has had a murder charge against him dropped but continues to seek a full exoneration.

Kerry Max Cook is scheduled to appear in district court in Tyler on Friday to argue for a final ruling of actual innocence in the 1977 case of a 21-year-old woman found dead in her apartment.

An angry Cook fired his attorneys about three weeks ago because they reached an agreement that included granting immunity to prosecutors involved in his 1978 conviction. Cook says he never OK’d the agreement.

His new attorney, Houston lawyer Mark Bennett, says the judge overseeing Friday’s hearing will forward a recommendation to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which will determine whether Cook should be declared innocent.

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