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CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors have dropped charges against four men in a 1994 Chicago murder case.

Supporters applauded and the men hugged their lawyers at the announcement during a hearing Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

A judge already threw out the convictions on Nov. 16 after new DNA evidence linked another person to the crime. The judge at the time also ordered new trials.

But the prosecution’s decision Tuesday means the men won’t go to trial again.

The four — 32-year-old Michael Saunders, 33-year-old Harold Richardson, 35-year-old Terrill Swift and 34-year-old Vincent Thames — were teenagers when they were convicted in the murder of Nina Glover in Chicago.

Their attorneys say the men’s confessions were coerced. DNA tests conducted last year linked another man — now dead — to the crime.

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