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Murder, robbery charges dropped against a Louisville man

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Carlos Lagantta Carlos Lagantta
Tina Tatro Tina Tatro

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man who spent nearly five years in jail awaiting his murder trial, is a free man. New DNA evidence has set Carlos Lagantta free.

Lagantta was charged with the robbery and murder of Tina Tatro, 44, back in August of 2007. Police said her boyfriend, John Burkhead found her body inside her apartment on East Burnett Street.

Lagantta was arrested days later and he's been waiting for his trial ever since.

Wednesday, the Commonwealth's Attorney's office told WAVE 3, the DNA of skin found under Tatro's fingernails did not match Lagantta and the murder and robbery charges were dropped against him.

WAVE 3 has discovered the DNA from Tatro's fingernails matched up with her boyfriend, John Burkhead. However, there isn't enough evidence in the case to charge him.

Lagantta did plead guilty to tampering with physical evidence and 3rd degree burglary. For that, he was sentenced to three years, but because he already served that time, he is a free man.

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