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Former Ada resident Thomas Jesse Ward, convicted of a murder he insists he did not commit, was ordered on Dec. 18 to be set free.

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In documents filed Monday in Pontotoc County District Court, attorneys for Thomas Jesse Ward asked the court to “vacate and set aside his convictions and sentences, and discharge him or grant him a new trial.”

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After spending the last 35 years of his life in a state prison for a crime he steadfastly maintains he did not commit, Karl Fontenot was relea…