Jury deliberates in rape, murder case of girl

May 6, 2009 4:09:15 AM PDT
In a third re-trial, a jury is deliberating the fate of a man accused of raping and murdering 11-year-old Holly Staker 17 years ago.The killing happened in a Waukegan home in 1992.

Holly Staker was babysitting there when she was killed. Juan Rivera was 19 at the time. He confessed to the killing and has already been convicted twice. But new DNA evidence taken from the victim is not his.

The prosecution says the confession is enough to convict.

The defense contends the confession was coerced and that the DNA evidence means someone else committed the crime.


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