News 11.28.07

Buffalo woman released after DNA tests implicate another suspect

Lynn DeJac was released from custody in Buffalo, New York, today after serving 13 years in prison for the murder of her 13-year-old daughter, a crime she has always maintained she did not commit. She was released today after a judge granted her a new trial because DNA evidence has created the reasonable probability that a jury a would acquit her.  The Innocence Project has assisted DeJac’s attorneys on the case, providing expertise about DNA testing and innocence claims.

DeJac told police at the time of the murder that she believed her then-boyfriend had committed the crime. The new DNA evidence from the victim’s bedroom matches the boyfriend.

"This court must conclude that if the newly discovered forensic evidence was available at the time of trial, there exists a reasonable probability that the verdict in the defendant's trial would have been more favorable to the defendant," the judge's decision stated.


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. (Buffalo News, 11/28/07)

Update:

DeJac free after judge tosses out conviction

(Associated Press, 11/28/07)

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