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Prosecutors Drop Case Against 2 Members of 'Norfolk Four'

FILE - This undated, combination file photo shows two members of the Norfolk Four, Danial Williams and Joseph Dick. (The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)
FILE - This undated, combination file photo shows two members of the Norfolk Four, Danial Williams and Joseph Dick. (The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

NORFOLK, Va. — Prosecutors won't pursue another case against two former sailors whose rape and murder convictions were thrown out by a federal judge in October.

Attorney Don Salzman said the charges against Danial Williams and Joseph Dick were formally dropped Wednesday during a hearing in Norfolk.

Williams and Dick are two of the so-called "Norfolk Four," former sailors who have long claimed they falsely confessed to the 1997 rape and murder of Michelle Moore-Bosko.

U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. had given prosecutors 60 days to decide whether to retry the men after tossing their convictions in October.

An official at Chesapeake Commonwealth's Attorney Nancy Parr's office, which served as special prosecutor, said she was unavailable for comment Wednesday.

All four men are seeking absolute pardons from Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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