Key events in the Jill Dando murder case

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Barry George always maintained he did not kill Jill Dando. His legal battle to try to clear his name has been one of the longest in recent criminal history:

* 2 April 1999 - Jill Dando, 37-year-old television presenter, is shot dead with a single bullet to the head on the steps of her home in Fulham, south west London.

* 25 May 2000 - Police arrest Barry George, also known as Barry Bulsara, following surveillance on him.

* 2 July 2001 - A jury finds George guilty of murder on a 10-1 majority. He is later sentenced to life imprisonment.

* 29 July 2002 - George loses an appeal against his conviction at the Court of Appeal in London. Three judges reject his claim that his conviction was "unsafe".

* 16 December - The House of Lords refuses permission for George to mount a further challenge to his conviction.

* 25 March 2006 - It emerges that lawyers for George have submitted new evidence to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) which they believe undermines the safety of his conviction.

* 20 June 2007 - The Criminal Cases Review Commission refers the conviction to the Court of Appeal.

* 29 October - The foreman of the jury that convicted George in 2001 tells a BBC documentary that George might have been found not guilty if crucial evidence linked to firearms residue found in his pocket was presented differently.

* 5 November - George begins second appeal against conviction at the Court of Appeal.

* 15 November - George's appeal is upheld and a retrial ordered after scientists say a particle of firearms discharge residue (FDR) found in George's pocket is too small to say where it came from.

* 9 June 2008 - Retrial begins at the Old Bailey with the judge ruling out the inclusion of the FDR evidence.

* 1 August - George cleared of Dando's murder.