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A Houston County jury this afternoon cleared Timothy Johnson in a 29-year-old murder case.

Just after 3 p.m., the jury acquitted Johnson on all counts in the killing of Taressa Stanley.

Johnson immediately hugged his sister. He spent more than 20 years in prison for the killing.

The jury deliberated for just over 3 hours.

Johnson is accused of killing the convenience store clerk in 1984, and he pleaded guilty later that year.

But the state's supreme court threw out his conviction in 2006, ruling that he was not properly advised of his rights.

He allegedly shot Stanley to death during a robbery at a store on Welborn Road.

During this morning's arguments, Johnson's lawyer, Stacey Morris, asked the jury to "take emotions out" when they're making a decision.

But Houston County prosecutor Daniel Bibler told the jury that a young mother of three died over a "few bucks and some beer."

Some of the original evidence was lost and some witnesses couldn't be found.

Family members react after a jury found Timothy Johnson not guilty of killing their loved one.

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