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Durham man out on bond after decade in prison

Posted September 10, 2010

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— A Durham man behind bars for more than a decade on a murder charge was released on bond Friday as he awaits a new trial.

Derrick Michael Allen, 31, was charged in 1998 in the death and sexual assault of a 2-year-old girl. An autopsy showed the girl died of shaken baby syndrome. 

Police said that Allen was babysitting the girl at the Wellington Place apartments on Garrett Street when someone called 911 to report a 2-year-old child who was having problems breathing.

An autopsy showed the girl died of shaken baby syndrome.

The child was pronounced dead a short time later at Duke University Medical Center.

Allen claimed he was innocent and is awaiting a new trial.

A Superior Court judge released Allen on an unsecured bond.

Allen's case is among 200 cases an outside audit said were mishandled by North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation. The audit revealed SBI agents failed to report correct blood evidence in the cases.

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