Three men win parole in 1994 slaying case

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- Three Virginia men found guilty in a 1994 slaying have won their parole, but they say that's not enough.

The Daily Press reports that the three say they're innocent in the killing of 19-year-old Steven Anthony Smith and want to clear their names.

The Virginia Parole Board most recently voted to release 40-year-old Darryl Leon Hunter, who was 15 when Smith was killed. He's expected to leave Greensville Correctional Center in July.

Two other men have been released: 44-year-old Reginald Lee Fletcher Jr, released in September; and 49-year-old Nathaniel Dale Pierce, released in December. Pierce and Hunter are brothers.

Newport News police arrested the three a few weeks after Smith was killed in July 1994. Pierce, Fletcher and Hunter have said since 1994 that police arrested the wrong men.

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