But Toney (above) could see the inside of a courtroom yet again.
The story begins on Thanksgiving Day 1985, when Angela Blount, 15, found a briefcase outside the door to her family’s trailer in Lake Worth.
After she brought it inside and opened it, a bomb exploded, killing her; her father, Joe Blount, 44; and her cousin, Michael Columbus, 18.
Authorities later theorized that the bomb was left outside the wrong trailer.
The case was unsolved for 12 years until a prisoner in the Parker County Jail told authorities that Michael Toney had boasted about the bombing (the aftermath of it shown below).
That prisoner has since recanted.
The case was supposed to be retried because, last December, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Toney’s conviction. The high court determined that prosecutors withheld evidence favorable to his defense during the trial.
The Texas Attorney General’s office got the case in January after the Tarrant County district attorney’s office recused itself.
A November trial date was set.
But the AG's office said it is reviewing "voluminous records" in the case and, "that review cannot be completed under the Court’s trial schedule," according to court documents.
So, the AG's office dropped the case.
But in its decision, the state reserved the right to prosecute Toney later, and there is no statute of limitations for murder.
Read more in this report by Staff Writer Alex Branch.