High profile slaying case dismissed against former soldier after 20 years after appeal


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CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee — A former Fort Campbell soldier once convicted of taking part in killing four people has been freed from prison after prosecutors dropped the case against him 20 years after the crime.

The release of 40-year-old David Gene Housler Jr. of Radcliff, Kentucky, closes a chapter of one of the most notorious killings in Clarksville history.

Housler and Courtney Matthews were convicted of killing 22-year-old Kevin Campbell and Angela Wyatt, 39-year-old Patricia Price and 24-year-old Marcia Klopp during a robbery of a Taco Bell on Jan. 30, 1994.

A Tennessee court overturned Housler's conviction in 2010 as he served a life sentence.

The Leaf-Chronicle reported (http://leafne.ws/1thcmQo ) earlier this week that Housler pleaded guilty to an unrelated robbery and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, which he has already served.

Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

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