Sheriff Knight: "This has been a very exhausting and complicated case that we have spent day and night on. I will say that my whole career I have always tried to do what is right. When our investigation revealed some inconsistencies, we realized that we needed to continue to investigate. We had strong probable cause with a confession given by Mr. Hooks, but we still felt compelled to work. We then were contacted by new witnesses and began investigating Dupree. The next day SLED confirmed Dupree was the suspect. Forensic evidence matched to Dupree is conclusive evidence. My goal as Sheriff of Marlboro County is to protect the citizens and make sure we do all we can to find the truth and justice in each case. The new evidence and diligent work we have done has made certain of that and that an innocent man was not convicted. I hope that the victim and their family as well as the citizens of Marlboro County can find peace and confidence that the MCSO relies heavily on ethics and persistence in our daily jobs."