The Intercept Investigates the Wrongful Conviction Case of Kirstin Lobato




has published a new in-depth story about Kirstin Lobato, a Las Vegas woman convicted in 2006 of the July 2001 murder of 44-year-old Duran Bailey—a crime that both she and her lawyers say that she did not commit.


“Nightmare in Sin City: How a Rumor Sent a Teen to Prison for Murder in Vegas,” details the events leading up to Lobato’s conviction.  As has been told in a previous

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post, in the summer of 2001 in Las Vegas, Lobato—who had just graduated from high school—fought off a man attempting to rape her, and when she reported the details to the police, it was interpreted as a confession to the Baily murder. Eight people gave witnesses statements to police confirming that Lobato spoke of the failed rape attempt prior to the July murder. But, despite the events happening several weeks apart, and an alibi backed by prosecutors that placed her 170 miles from the crime scene, Lobato was convicted. 

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