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Man Convicted Of Deadly Fire Released From Prison

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DETROIT (AP) -- An update on the man convicted of a deadly fire in Isabella County.

Fred Spencer is out of prison, months after a judge overturned his conviction in a deadly fire that killed his girlfriend back in 2000.

Earlier this year, a judge threw out Spencer's conviction in the case, saying his lawyer did not do an effective job defending him.

 Spencer was not given a Miranda warning before making statements to police after the fire in Shepherd.

Those statements were used against him in his trial.

 Spencer had painkillers and anti-psychotic drugs in his system.

 The State Attorney General's office is appealing the decision.

Spencer, 62-years-old, is being treated for lung cancer and has new tumors in his left lung.