News 04.16.08

New DNA tests in 1991 Austin case

A Texas judge yesterday approved DNA testing in the cases of two men who say they were wrongfully convicted of killing four teenage girls in Austin, Texas, in 1991. Their lawyers sought DNA testing on items used to bind the victims, during the notorious crime remembered in Austin as the “yogurt shop” murders – in which four teenage girls were bound and gagged before they were killed in an I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt store. The store was then burned by the perpetrators.

The defendants, Michael Scott and Robert Springsteen, were convicted in the killings – Springsteen was sentenced to death in 2001 and Scott was sentenced to life in 2003 – but they are both currently awaiting new trials after their convictions were overturned on appeal in 2006.

Both men allegedly made admissions of guilt, but they have said that these admissions were coerced by investigating officers.


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. (Houston Chronicle, 04/15/08)

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