Judge: DNA evidence warrants new trial

April 15, 2009 4:52:09 PM PDT
The third trial is under way for a Waukegan man accused of raping and killing an 11-year-old girl in 1992.Holly Staker was babysitting when she was attacked.

Juan Rivera was convicted at two previous trials and sentenced to life in prison. Rivera has signed two confessions, but in opening statements on Wednesday his lawyer said the confessions were coerced by police.

The prosecution said Rivera knew facts about the case that the public and investigators didn't know.

Rivera was given this new trial by a judge who noted that new DNA evidence appears to exclude Rivera. Prosecutors say that evidence was tainted.


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