Five West Midlands men jailed for life for the murder of Wolverhampton drug dealer Kevin Nunes in an "execution-style" killing have had their convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal.
Levi Walker, from Birmingham, Adam Joof, from Willenhall, Antonio Christie, from Great Bridge, near Tipton, Michael Osbourne and Owen Crooks, both from Wolverhampton, were found guilty of the crime at Leicester Crown Court in 2008.
They were convicted of the murder 20-year-old Mr Nunes, an amateur footballer, who was found dead in a country road in Pattingham, Staffordshire, on September 19, 2002. He had five gunshot wounds.
Mr Nunes was killed after he was picked up from a Wolverhampton address and driven through country roads to a remote spot.
But three judges in London heard that the Crown Prosecution Service no longer sought to uphold their convictions and did not apply for a retrial.
After hearing of "failures" in disclosure of material to the defence relating to the key prosecution witness, Lord Justice Hooper, Mr Justice Simon and Mr Justice Stadlen overturned the convictions.
Walker, Christie and Osbourne were all 28 when they were jailed, Joof was 27 and Crooks 26. Walker and Christie are both now 32, Osbourne 34, Joof 31 and Crooks 30.
All of them apart from Crooks watched the proceedings via video-link from prison.
When sentencing them to life, the trial judge, Mr Justice Treacy, told Joof and Christie they would serve a minimum of 28 years behind bars. Walker and Osbourne were given minimum terms of 27 years and Crooks 25 years.
Richard Whittam QC told the three judges that the "CPS does not seek to uphold the convictions in this case, nor does it apply for any defendant to be retried".
He pointed out that it was a matter for this court "as to whether the convictions are unsafe or not".