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Two decades after murder and conviction, defense asks for new DNA test

In May 1995, a killer snuffed out the life of Louise Cicelsky, an 82-year-old businesswoman, in her apartment on Longmeadow Road in Amherst.

Investigators believe a man robbed and stabbed Cicelsky, who stood just 4 feet and 7 inches tall, while an accomplice stood nearby and watched.

The killer, who plunged a knife eight times into the neck of the widow, was never caught.

But Renay Lynch confessed to being the accomplice, and was convicted by a jury and sent to state prison for 25 years to life. Now 61, she remains behind bars.

For more than two decades, Lynch has alleged that Amherst detectives “coerced” her into giving a “false confession,” and she insists she is not guilty. She is now represented by a team of lawyers, including members of the New York City-based Innocence Project. They asked a state judge Friday to order new DNA tests on physical evidence from the Longmeadow home

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Last night in Tampa: Dean McKee freed after three decades | tbo.com

TAMPA Dean McKee was 16 when he was condemned to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Three decades later, he walked out of the Hillsborough County jail on Tuesday night, allowed to finally go home while the appellate courts decide whether he can stay there.

McKee, 46, was released hours after a Hillsborough circuit judge agreed to released him on his own recognizance as the state appeals a judicial order striking down his 1988 murder conviction.

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Jailers escorted McKee to a holding area to be fitted with a GPS monitor a condition of his appellate bond agreement a little after 8:30 p.m.

Outside, family members, friends, photographers and reporters peered through the lobby windows of the Orient Road

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Virginia justices to consider exoneration pleas in two decades-old cases

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Man seeks freedom after judge tosses decades-old rape case

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man could be freed Tuesday after nearly 50 years in prison for a rape conviction recently thrown out by a judge who concluded authorities withheld evidence.

State District Court Judge Richard Anderson overturned Wilbert Jones’ conviction Oct. 31, saying the case against him was “weak, at best” and authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Jones decades ago.

Anderson scheduled a hearing Tuesday to hear arguments over whether Jones should be released. Defense attorneys’ want Jones released immediately or freed on “minimal” bail.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore’s office is asking the Louisiana Supreme Court to review the judge’s decision. In the meantime, prosecutors want Jones to stay behind bars.

Jones, now 65, was 19 when police arrested him on suspicion of abducting

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Three decades later, fingerprints help identify 18-year-old found …

More than three decades after the nude body of a sandy-haired young man was found in an abandoned Ontario home, new fingerprint technology has led authorities to identify him as 18-year-old Joseph Pace.

Pace’s decomposing body was found in the empty home in the 1600 block of East Holt Boulevard on the morning of Aug. 21, 1986, according to Ontario police officials and a press release from the time.

After his positive identification, police learned Pace’s body was found less than a mile from where his mother and stepfather worked as on-site managers and maintenance employees at the Capri Motel, located on Holt Boulevard near Grove Avenue. The motel is still operating today.

His family, mother, brother and two sisters, all currently live outside of California, police said.

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Three decades later, fingerprints help identify 18-year-old found dead in Ontario

More than three decades after the nude body of a sandy-haired young man was found in an abandoned Ontario home, new fingerprint technology has led authorities to identify him as 18-year-old Joseph Pace.

Pace’s decomposing body was found in the empty home in the 1600 block of East Holt Boulevard on the morning of Aug. 21, 1986, according to Ontario police officials and a press release from the time.

After his positive identification, police learned Pace’s body was found less than a mile from where his mother and stepfather worked as on-site managers and maintenance employees at the Capri Motel, located on Holt Boulevard near Grove Avenue. The motel is still operating today.

His family, mother, brother and two sisters, all currently live outside of California, police said.

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Three decades later, fingerprint technology helps identify 18-year-old Ontario homicide victim

More than three decades after the nude body of a sandy-haired young man was found in an abandoned Ontario home, new fingerprint technology has led authorities to identify him as 18-year-old Joseph Pace.

Pace’s decomposing body was found in the empty home in the 1600 block of East Holt Boulevard on the morning of Aug. 21, 1986, according to Ontario police officials and a press release from the time.

After his positive identification, police learned Pace’s body was found less than a mile from where his mother and stepfather worked as on-site managers and maintenance employees at the Capri Motel, located on Holt Boulevard near Grove Avenue. The motel is still operating today.

His family, mother, brother and two sisters, all currently live outside of California, police said.

At that time, police estimated the young man was between 17 and 21 years old and had probably been in the home, dead, for about a week,

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Historic marker placed for boy found in box 6 decades ago in Philadelphia

The ceremony started with a prayer to honor a little boy found six decades ago dead in a box, and left on the side of Susquehanna Road.

And still to this day, no one knows who he is or exactly what happened.

But now no one will ever be able to forget it, thanks to an historic marker made possible by Eagle Scout Nicholas Kerschbaum of Troop 522 in Wilmington.

Eagle Scout Nicholas Kerschbaum said, “Four to six-years-old, his life was taken and it shouldn’t happen like that.”

Kerschbaum needed an Eagle Scout service project.

He could have picked anything but became familiar with the case of what’s now known as “America’s Unknown Child” through his father, a former Philadelphia cop.

“He tossed me the idea and I looked into it, reading about the boy himself,” Kershbaum said.

It was back in 1957, two Philadelphia police officers responded to a call of a body in a box.

The

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NJ men granted new murder trial walk free after decades in jail

TRENTON — Two Paterson men who have spent nearly a quarter century behind bars for a murder they claim they didn’t commit walked out of the Passaic County jail on Wednesday after the New Jersey Supreme Court rejected prosecutors’ request to keep them locked up.

Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee say they made bogus confessions under pressure from police questioning them about the killing, a knifepoint robbery of a Paterson video store clerk in 1993. The pair quickly recanted but were found guilty at separate trials based in large part on those confessions.

A Superior Court in September overturned their convictions after two legal groups, the Innocence Project and Centurion Ministries, uncovered evidence contradicting the signed statements and performed DNA testing that pointed to another suspect.

Why prosecutors oppose letting these 2 men free

“I’m overjoyed right now,” Kelley said outside the jail, where he was joined by family and members of his legal

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