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Accused murderer fights to clear name

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ROME, GA (CBS46) -

In 1996, Kevin Autry was charged by Floyd County police with the murder of his grandmother, Lillian Mize.

Despite two trials, and two hung juries, Autry is asking for a potential third trial and for Floyd County police to reopen the case.

"It is a risk," Autry said. "I am 100 percent, I didn't murder my grandmother. I didn't murder my grandmother, what 12 other people will think, I don't know."

If the case goes back for a third trial, Autry risks the possibility that there won't be a mistrial and he could be convicted in the May 1996 murder of Mize.

"I understand that, but I am not going to run," Autry said. "I want to clear my name. I don't want my kids to grow up thinking their dad is a murderer, or have that stigma that I am a murderer. But, I also want to find out what really happened to my grandmother."

]Autry said his grandmother was strangled and then dumped into Armuchee Creek at Armuchee Park on Jones Mill Road.

"Divers recovered her body in 8 feet of water just about 6 feet off the shore," Autry said. 

A key piece of evidence for the state was an eyewitness who Autry said placed him at the scene of the murder the day Mize disappeared.

"The eyewitness is inaccurate, it didn't happen, I wasn't there, I wasn't at the creek I wasn't in my grandmother's car," Autry said.

In both trials, jurors could not reach a unanimous decision and in both trials, jurors leaned towards an acquittal.

The reason why Autry said he is coming forward 16 years after the murder is because there is new evidence in the case he wants investigators to look in to.

"What brought all this about is that supposedly, he told some people and that is some of the information I've given to the Floyd County Police Department, he told some people he done it," Autry said.

The person who made those statements, Autry said, is a "family member who inherited $40,000 after Mize's death."

Autry said there has been a cloud hanging over his head that has ruined his life. With his three children getting older, he wanted to clear his name once and for all.

"I didn't do it so that means there is someone out there who did, so would they do it again," Autry said. "It would be great to go to my kid's football practices, softball practices, band meets, concerts and not be looking around. Looking at me pointing a finger saying that's the man accused of killing his grandmother."

Calls to the Floyd County District's Attorney's Office and the police department were not returned.

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