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Naperville Man Acquitted in Retrial 22 Years After Arson Murder Conviction

Bill Amor speaks with media after being acquitted in his retrial Wednesday. (Illinois Innocence Project / Facebook)

Advances in fire science and arson investigations first gave Bill Amor a shot at freedom a year ago. Now after 22 years behind bars, he’ll have a chance to start over with a clean slate.

A DuPage County judge on Wednesday found the 61-year-old Naperville man not guilty in a new trial held more than two decades after he was first convicted and sentenced to 45 years in the arson death of his mother-in-law.

“This is the end of a nightmare for me,” Amor said in a statement Wednesday. “I have fought to clear my name for the last 22 years and I am so grateful that I was able to have my day in court for the truth to be heard. I am looking forward to starting the next phase of my

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Man acquitted in retrial for murder, arson in mother-in-law’s 1995 death – Chicago Sun

A former Naperville man who spent 22 years in prison for the 1995 death of his mother-in-law was found not guilty in a retrial Wednesday.

Following a seven-day bench trial, DuPage County Judge Liam C. Brennan found 61-year-old William Amor not guilty of murder and aggravated arson in connection with the death of Marianne Miceli, according to a statement from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“This is the end of a nightmare for me,” Amor said in a statement released by the Illinois Innocence Project, which represented him.

“I have fought to clear my name for the last 22 years and I am so grateful that I was able to have my day in court for the truth to be heard,” Amor said. “I am looking forward to starting the next phase of my life as a free man, no longer labeled as a murderer, for the first time in a long

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Man acquitted in retrial for murder, arson in mother-in-law’s 1995 … – Chicago Sun

A former Naperville man who spent 22 years in prison for the 1995 death of his mother-in-law was found not guilty in a retrial Wednesday.

Following a seven-day bench trial, DuPage County Judge Liam C. Brennan found 61-year-old William Amor not guilty of murder and aggravated arson in connection with the death of Marianne Miceli, according to a statement from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“This is the end of a nightmare for me,” Amor said in a statement released by the Illinois Innocence Project, which represented him.

“I have fought to clear my name for the last 22 years and I am so grateful that I was able to have my day in court for the truth to be heard,” Amor said. “I am looking forward to starting the next phase of my life as a free man, no longer labeled as a murderer, for the first time in a long

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As murder rate rises in Phoenix, the number of unsolved cases is growing, too

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Amid a recent spike in Phoenix homicides, a higher percentage of cases are going unsolved. The clearance rate of murders is about the same as the national average, but it used to be much higher.
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The further away in time that Christy Davey’s murder gets, the more her family worries it won’t be solved.

“We’re coming up on two years — it’s scary for us all,” her sister, Heather Davey, said in a recent interview. “I just don’t know where to go from here.”

The 24-year-old mother’s body was found in March

Read more at: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2018/02/20/phoenix-murders-rise-solving-rates-drop-murder-rates-rising/339276002/

DNA testing could spark push for new trial in Stacy Larson murder case

A man who says he’s being held for a murder he didn’t commit might soon have DNA test results to help make his case.

Stacy Larson, 48, was convicted of second-degree murder in McCook County for the Interstate 90 shooting death of Ronald Hilgenberg in May 1990.

Larson has always maintained his innocence, however. The South Dakota Supreme Court noted issues with the case, even as it upheld the conviction.

There was no physical evidence linking Larson to the case, for example, and a co-defendant was acquitted.

Perhaps most notable was a time-stamped receipt for

Read more at: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2018/02/08/dna-testing-could-spark-push-new-trial-stacy-larson-murder-case/307137002/

Murder charges against husband dropped for second time in …


Marsha Brantley

Marsha Brantley

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Donnie Brantley, a man accused of killing his wife, walked out of Bradley County (Tenn.) Criminal Court a free man Monday morning for a second time.

Brantley was charged with first-degree murder in 2013 and then again in 2016 after his wife, 51-year-old Marsha Brantley, disappeared in 2009.

In a courtroom full of cameras, 10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Crump told Judge Andrew Freiberg the prosecution wanted to dismiss the charges against Donnie Brantley “without prejudice” because the state felt it didn’t have enough evidence to prove a homicide was committed. “Without prejudice” means the charges can be refiled, Crump said.

Brantley had been a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance since at least 2011. Police searched his home with cadaver dogs in 2012, but he wasn’t charged with murder until 2013. Those charges

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Murder charges against husband dropped for second time in Bradley County, Tenn.


Marsha Brantley

Marsha Brantley

Photo by
Contributed Photo
/Times Free Press.

Donnie Brantley, a man accused of killing his wife, walked out of Bradley County (Tenn.) Criminal Court a free man Monday morning for a second time.

Brantley was charged with first-degree murder in 2013 and then again in 2016 after his wife, 51-year-old Marsha Brantley, disappeared in 2009.

In a courtroom full of cameras, 10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Crump told Judge Andrew Freiberg the prosecution wanted to dismiss the charges against Donnie Brantley “without prejudice” because the state felt it didn’t have enough evidence to prove a homicide was committed. “Without prejudice” means the charges can be refiled, Crump said.

Brantley had been a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance since at least 2011. Police searched his home with cadaver dogs in 2012, but he wasn’t charged with murder until 2013. Those charges

Read more at: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2018/feb/05/trial-man-charged-murder-his-wife-begin-today/462924/

Cold case: Dearborn Heights police reinvestigate unsolved 1992 murder of 21-year-old man

Having an unsolved murder is a rarity in a quiet bedroom community like Dearborn Heights.

But the 26-year-old case of Eddie Hollman’s death is one police never have been able to solve.

That might be changing now as detectives recently decided to reinvestigate the homicide in hopes that someone will come forward with information.

In the early morning hours of May 3, 1992, Hollman was strangled in the basement of the family’s house in the 20400 block of Williamsburg.

The murder took place while his parents, Ted and Gina Hollman, attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dearborn. Police said the 21-year-old was strangled with a pair of his own sweatpants by someone who entered the residence after his parents left for church at about 6:45 a.m.

When they returned to the red brick house in the River Oaks subdivision about 50 minutes later, Gina Hollman found her son lying on the basement carpet

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Jholie Moussa disappearance, once probed as runaway case, now murder investigation

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Police in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. say they’re investigating a 17-year-old person of interest after identifying a body found in a Virginia park Friday as as a missing girl. Fairfax County police said in a statement Monday that their homicide detectives were able to confirm the identity of the body as Jholie Moussa, 16, during an autopsy at the office of the chief medical examiner.

The autopsy results are pending.

Police have said that the body was found in Woodlawn Park, near her Mount Vernon home, almost entirely covered by leaves and brush. It’s not clear when or how the girl died, but police say they’re treating the case as a homicide.

Jholie was last seen Jan. 12 when she left home, reports CBS affiliate WUSA9. She told her twin sister that she would be right back, but never returned. Around 8:02 p.m., Jholie texted

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Does new DNA evidence clear a man convicted of a girl’s murder? Judge says no

An attempt to use new DNA evidence to free a man found guilty 21 years ago of murdering 11-year-old Traci Rene Conrad of Hanford has fallen short.

A judge ruled that partial DNA, which was found on some items of evidence and which did not come from Kevin Galik, is probably the result of contamination during handling and examination by authorities, and is not enough to have changed the outcome of the trial.

Additionally, “there was a significant amount of circumstantial evidence” of Galik’s guilt, visiting Superior Court Judge H.N. Papadakis wrote in a decision filed last week in Kings County Superior Court.

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Galik is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole. He is being housed at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione.

The Northern California Innocence Project sought to

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