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Judge sets limits for man out of prison after murder conviction overturned

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DENTON, Texas -

A man whose murder conviction was overturned last week is now out of prison, but with limitations on where he can go.

In 2011, a Denton County jury found Charles Stobaugh guilty of the murder of his wife, Kathy. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

But a state appeals court ruled there was not enough evidence for a conviction, especially since Kathy's body was never found.

At a hearing Thursday morning, a judge set bond conditions for Stobaugh's release so that he can only travel within a three-county area until his case is completely resolved.

Stobaugh will also have to wear a tracking device.

The Denton County District Attorney's office has 30 days to appeal.

The appellate court's ruling ran 176 pages, and the D.A.'s office says its attorneys have been reviewing the document and they're working on a plan.

After leaving prison Thursday, Stobaugh said he was ready to go home to his children. The past three years have been an experience, he said.

"I'm a little relieved," said Stobaugh. "Yes, I am."

Kathy's brother, Chris Munday, says Charles' release is disheartening, but he's encouraged that the D.A. plans to appeal.

Kathy was last seen the night she went to Charles' farm in rural Denton County to talk about their impending divorce.

Her car and other belongings were left in Charles' driveway.

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