In its court filing seeking dismissal of the charges, the attorney general’s office suggested that a conviction would be difficult to attain. “There is no key prosecution witness that incriminates Mr. Flowers who is alive and available and has not had multiple, conflicting statements in the record,” the prosecutors wrote, adding that there were other possible suspects.
One of the witnesses who testified against Mr. Flowers was later convicted of tax fraud and had since died, the prosecutors wrote. Another witness, who once claimed that Mr. Flowers had confessed to the crime while in jail, later admitted that he had been lying, the prosecutors said.
That witness, Odell Hallmon, had recanted his story in an interview with the podcast “In the Dark,” which brought wide attention to the case and chipped away at some of the original prosecutors’ arguments.
“Everything was all make-believe,” Mr. Hallmon said in the interview.
A spokeswoman for Lynn Fitch, the state’s attorney general, said Ms. Fitch would not comment on the case out of respect for the families involved.
During the earlier trials, prosecutors described Mr. Flowers as a disgruntled former employee of the furniture store who was angry because he had been fired. He was arrested several months after the killings.
A lawyer for Mr. Flowers, Rob McDuff, said on Friday that the case against his client “never made sense.”
“As time went by, even more evidence emerged to corroborate his innocence,” Mr. McDuff said. “This prosecution was flawed from the beginning and was tainted throughout by racial discrimination. It should never have occurred and lasted far too long, but we are glad it is finally over.”
Rick Rojas contributed reporting.
Curtis Flowers happily displays the ankle monitor that had tracked his movements since December. He was allowed to remove it on Friday afternoon after the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office dropped charges against him.