Citing the prosecution's violation of a court order on evidence and its obligation to disclose a confession, a judge Friday dismissed a rape and murder case against Ralph Armstrong in the 1980 killing of UW-Madison student Charise Kamps, and set the stage for Armstrong's possible release from prison after nearly three decades behind bars.More >>
MADISON (WKOW) -- State prosecutors filed notice on Wednesday that they do not intend to appeal from the order of Judge Robert Kinney that dismissed the case against Ralph Armstrong.
Judge Kinney issued an oral ruling on July 31, 2009. The ruling dismissed the case in which Armstrong was accused of raping and murdering Charise Kamps on June 24, 1980. The decision not to appeal, which ends criminal prosecution against Armstrong, was based on an assessment of the low prospects the State would prevail at each stage of further appellate and trial proceedings. The decision was made after careful consideration and consultation with the Wisconsin Department of Justice
Detailed evidence and arguments presented by the State in this case are a matter of public record. The record includes all evidence and arguments starting with the earliest stages of the case in 1980 through the recent casework that went before Judge Kinney.
Ralph Armstrong will now be returned to the State of New Mexico. His custody status will be governed by New Mexico laws related to alleged parole violations following his conviction for crimes in that state.
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