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After successful appeal, man preparing for 3rd trial

When people in Oregon have been convicted of committing a crime, it is hoped that authorities put adequate time and analysis into drawing a conclusion. However, there are undoubtedly times when false witness reports, inadequate evidence and even shoddy investigative work can ultimately lead to the unfair conviction of an innocent person. 

In a case that has captured the attention of many, a man in New Jersey is preparing for what will be his third court trial since being convicted of a murder that allegedly took place in 1985. The now 68-year-old man has been placed on death row more than once after being named as the killer of a woman who was found beaten. Her body was discovered inside her apartment by someone who was later identified as a co-worker. 

The man's defense attorney has worked relentlessly to get previous convictions overturned in an appeals court and has ultimately made it so the man has a third shot at freedom. While DNA evidence could not rule the man out entirely, defense attorneys point to the exponential development in DNA testing that could potentially exonerate their client from the crime. They also pointed out the lack of investigation that was done on other people who knew the woman including a neighbor who had openly shared how the woman had declined his romantic advances. The trial date is yet to be determined. 

If people have been convicted of a crime and wrongfully so, they may benefit from hiring a defense attorney that can help them discover previously unnoticed evidence. With the help of a reliable legal professional, they may have a better chance at being granted an appeal of their conviction. 

Source: U.S. News, "Former Death Row Inmate to Get 3rd Trial in 1985 Killing," David Porter, Dec. 26, 2018

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