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Three Men’s Convictions Overturned in 1997 Murder Case Despite DNA Mismatch 

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Judge Overturns Convictions in 1997 Murder Case Despite DNA Mismatch; Prosecutor to Decide on Appeal

Three Men Remain in Prison as Judge Orders New Trials in 1997 Murder Case with Unmatched DNA Evidence

A judge in Pennsylvania said three men didn’t do a murder they were jailed, according to the crime report of NBC News. Their names are Derrick Chappell, Morton Johnson, and Sam Grasty. They were locked up for killing a 70-year-old lady named Henrietta Nickens in 1997. But their DNA didn’t match the evidence. The men will stay in prison for now while the prosecutor thinks about appealing.

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Three Men’s Convictions Overturned in 1997 Murder Case Despite DNA Mismatch . (photo: The New York Times)

District Attorney to Decide on New Trial for Three Men in Murder Case with Unmatched DNA Evidence

Furthermore, the three defendants were convicted even though DNA testing at the time showed that semen found in the victim’s body and on a jacket at the scene did not match any of them. The prosecution’s various theories to explain the lack of a DNA match were deemed “preposterous” by Paul Casteleiro, Grasty’s lawyer and legal director of the nonprofit Centurion. The case will now be reviewed by District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, who plans to make a decision on whether to seek a new trial after reviewing the case next week. Calls to lawyers for Johnson and Chappell were not immediately returned and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project also worked on the case.

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