Miao Xinhua was sentenced to death by the Intermediate People's Court of Ningde City, Fujian, in August 2005 for killing the woman, while another four persons had received prison terms ranging from three to eight years for destroying the evidence.
In April 2003, a woman's dismembered body was found in an abandoned house in Ningde City. Miao, the woman's former boyfriend, was soon identified as a suspect and detained.
As Miao and the other suspects continued appealing, the higher court re-heard the case in July 2017 and revoked the original verdict.
One high-profile case was that of 18-year-old Huugjilt, who was executed in 1996 for the rape and murder of a woman. He received a posthumous pardon in 2014 after a serial rapist and killer admitted to the crime.
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