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John Huffington enters Alford plea in 1981 Harford double-murder case, likely to go free

John Huffington enters Alford plea in 1981 Harford double-murder case, likely to go free

John Norman Huffington, who was twice convicted of murdering two people in Abingdon in 1981, but had those convictions overturned and was granted a new trial, entered Alford pleas to the crimes in Frederick County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.

A defendant offers an Alford plea when they acknowledge the state has enough evidence for a conviction, but they still maintain their innocence.

Huffington, who lived in Bel Air, was convicted twice of first-degree murder in the May 1981 deaths of Diane Becker and Joseph Hudson. The convictions came in two jury trials, one in Caroline County in 1981, from which he was later granted a new trial, and the other in Frederick County in...

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