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SBI investigator in Gell case retires

Posted July 4, 2010 3:07 p.m. EDT

— The agent who pushed for a prosecution that was ultimately overturned at a cost of millions of dollars has retired from the State Bureau of Investigation, spokeswoman Noelle Talley said Sunday.

Special Agent Dwight Ransome was the driving force behind the prosecution of Alan Gell. Ransome tapped Gell as the suspect in the April 1995 slaying of retired truck driver Allen Ray Jenkins in Hertford County despite witness statements and other evidence that Gell wasn't involved.

Gell served five years on on death row before he was acquitted in a new trial in 2004.

The State Bureau of Investigation paid Gell $500,000 on behalf of Ransom and insurance companies for the state paid Gell and his attorneys almost $3.4 million to settle a wrongful prosecution lawsuit, including a monthly payment of $7,857 to Gell, beginning in September 2011.