TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A bill to compensate William Dillon $1.35 million for spending 27 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott.
The Florida Senate passed the bill (SB 2) on a 38-1 vote Thursday with Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Gainesville, the lone dissenter. The House passed it on a 107-5 vote last week.
The 52-year-old Dillon was cleared by DNA testing in the beating death of James Dvorak on a Brevard County beach in 1981. A jailhouse informant also has since recanted his testimony against Dillon and authorities reopened the murder investigation. Dillon was freed in November 2008.
Thursday's vote comes nearly 10 months after the House failed to act on a similar measure as time ran out on the 2011 legislative session.
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