Scott Austic cleared of murder after spending 12 years in prison | 7NEWS

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    WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this video contains the name and images of people who have died. A man who served more than a decade locked up in prison for murder has been found not guilty of killing his pregnant lover. Scott Austic heard the verdict after earning a retrial over claims police planted evidence at the scene of the crime. Stacey Thorne was 21 weeks pregnant when she was stabbed 24 times. Austic’s legal team argued he was framed by corrupt cops who planted three pieces of crucial evidence which miraculously showed up after initial searches came up short. Watch the original 7NEWS investigation here:

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