News 07.19.07

Hearing today in Florida case

At a hearing today in Florida, a state judge will decide whether Chad Heins will be released on bond pending his new trial for 1994 the murder of his sister-in-law. Heins was convicted of the murder in 1996 but new DNA evidence proves that another man committed the crime.

In December 2006, a Florida judge vacated Heins’s conviction due to DNA test results, and prosecutors appealed this decision. This week, prosecutors dropped that appeal but said they intended to retry Heins on the first-degree murder charge. DNA testing in the case has shown that several pieces of biological evidence from the crime scene match a single unknown male.

Media coverage:

Brother-in-law gains new trial


(Florida Times Union, 07/16/07)

Case Recap:

Florida Times Union

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