2 murder charges dropped against Anderson man

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ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped two murder charges against a 53-year-old man who was arrested in 2009 and accused of killing an Anderson County couple during a robbery.

Prosecutors said Thursday they have no evidence linking Irving Ramirez to the deaths of Homer and JoAnn Staton.

Matthew Fullbright was convicted in January of killing the couple and is serving a life sentence. Fullbright wrote a confession to the crime that implicated Ramirez, but investigators have not found any evidence that backs up the statement.

Authorities say Fullbright beat the Statons to death with a hammer and then dumped their bodies in different locations.

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