Monday, June 23, 2014

Bulletin: Barton McNeil: Illinois; Defence seeks DNA testing at hearing to be held on Tuesday in this 1988 child death case; McNeil claims his former girlfriend - convicted in 2012 of killing her mother-in-law - is the real killer; States Attorney has agreed to testing on blood and urine stains found on the child's bed sheet and clothing. Illinois Innocence Project case; The Pentagraph;

STORY: "Defence in 1988 child death to argue for DNA testing by Edith Brady-Lunny published in the Pantagraph on June 21, 2014."

GIST: "The bed sheet and clothing of 3-year-old Christina McNeil may hold clues that could resolve her father's longstanding claim that he is innocent of her murder. On Tuesday, Barton McNeil will join his lawyers from the Illinois Innocence Project at a hearing about DNA testing of evidence from his 1999 murder trial. The defense wants nine items submitted for forensic testing, including the bed sheet, the child's underwear and T-shirt, a pillowcase and a latent fingerprint from the child's bedroom window. McNeil found the child suffocated in her bed in their Bloomington home on June 25, 1998. He remains adamant the tests could produce evidence that another person killed his daughter — specifically, his former girlfriend, Misook Nowlin, who was convicted in 2012 of killing her mother-in-law. McNeil claims she suffocated the toddler in her bed. McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers said the state has agreed to testing on blood and urine stains found on the child's bed sheet and clothing. "In the interests of justice, I am agreeing to test the DNA, which can be potentially exonerating. If the blood comes back as belonging to Misook or someone else, then at that point there will be questions to ask," said Chambers. Brian McEldowney, who defended Nowlin in her own murder case, said "she has always maintained her innocence and continues to do so" in the Christina McNeil murder."

See related story: DNA hearing set for August 1, 2014;


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