News 09.15.08

More hurdles in New York case

Sammy Swift has been behind bars in New York for 15 years for a murder he has always said he didn’t commit. His 1994 murder conviction was overturned in June when a state judge reviewed new DNA test results on blood from the crime scene, showing that only the victim’s DNA profile – and not Swift’s – was present. At his trial in 1994, prosecutors alleged that the blood could have been a mixture of Swift’s and victim’s blood.

But Swift is still being held in a Cayuga County jail on $400,000 bond while he awaits a new trial. In court last week, prosecutors said they were appealing the judge’s decision to overturn Swift’s conviction, and don’t expect a decision until the end of 2008.


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. (WYSR-TV, Syracuse)

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