Mark Woodworth, Mo. man whose murder conviction was twice overturned, freed on bond before retrial

Mark Woodworth, seen above on June 2, 2011 during a court hearing, had his murder conviction overturned Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.
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(CBS/AP) ST. LOUIS - A Missouri man facing a third murder trial after judges overturned two earlier convictions has been freed from jail.

After more than a decade behind bars, Mark Woodworth walked out of the Livingston County Jail at midday Friday and repeatedly said he was overwhelmed by the prospect of his new freedom.

He thanked his friends and relatives for their support, hours after a judge's order releasing him on a $50,000 bond.

Woodworth has been serving a life sentence in the fatal shooting of Cathy Robertson, the wife of his father's farming partner. His latest conviction was thrown out in January when the Missouri Supreme Court ruled state prosecutors had failed to share evidence with Woodworth that could have helped his defense.

Attorney General Chris Koster quickly announced he would try Woodworth again.

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