FILE - This undated file image provided by Deirdre O'Connor shows John Edward Smith posing with his grandmother, Laura Neal. Prosecutors have gone to court to seek dismissal of charges against Smith, a former gang member convicted of a drive-by murder in a gang infested neighborhood of Los Angeles 19 years ago. On Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, a judge in Los Angeles cleared Smith of the charges against him and ordered him freed. (AP Photo/Deirdre O'Connor, File)

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FILE - This undated file image provided by Deirdre O'Connor shows John Edward Smith posing with his grandmother, Laura Neal. Prosecutors have gone to court to seek dismissal of charges against Smith, a former gang member convicted of a drive-by murder in a gang infested neighborhood of Los Angeles 19 years ago. On Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, a judge in Los Angeles cleared Smith of the charges against him and ordered him freed. (AP Photo/Deirdre O'Connor, File)
FILE - This undated file image provided by Deirdre O'Connor shows John Edward Smith posing with his grandmother, Laura Neal. Prosecutors have gone to court to seek dismissal of charges against Smith, a former gang member convicted of a drive-by murder in a gang infested neighborhood of Los Angeles 19 years ago. On Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, a judge in Los Angeles cleared Smith of the charges against him and ordered him freed. (AP Photo/Deirdre O'Connor, File)
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