A judge has thrown out a murder charge against a San Bernardino County woman accused of killing her tenant 16 years ago.
The San Bernardino Sun says 53-year-old Seferina Marquez Ponce was released from jail after a judge in San Diego County granted a defense motion to dismiss the case on Nov. 19. Prosecutors say they'll appeal.
Her skeleton was found in a shallow grave in a San Diego County avocado grove in 2000.
Ponce's attorney, Saba Sheibani, argued that Ponce couldn't get a fair trial because authorities lost or destroyed important pieces of evidence, including clothing found on the body.