News 03.15.07

Man pleads guilty to murder for which Deskovic was wrongly convicted

Steven Cunningham, 46, pleaded guilty on Wednesday afternoon to the 1989 murder of a 15-year-old girl in Westchester County, New York. Jeff Deskovic, then 17, was convicted of the crime in 1991 after he falsely confessed to police. He served 16 years in prison before DNA samples from the crime scene were checked against a state database at the Innocence Project’s request. The  DNA, which showed the jury at trial that the evidence didn’t come from Deskovic, matched Cunningham and Deskovic was released in 2006. Cunningham is already serving time in New York prison for another murder, committed four years after Correa's murder. He will be sentenced in the Correa case on May 2.


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