Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bulletin: George Allen: St. Louis: Decision pending: Innocence Project presents new exculpatory DNA evidence. Police coersion to confess alleged;

STORY: "U City man could walk away from life sentence," by reporter Joe Scott, published in the University City Patch on June 7, 2012. (Thanks to the Wrongful Convictions Blog for drawing our attention to this case);

GIST: "A Cole County Circuit Court judge’s decision soon will determine whether a University City man will walk away from prison a free man or continue serving a life sentence for a 1982 rape and murder.........(Defence lawyer) Harvath said he was encouraged that prosecutors did not challenge any of the new or suppressed evidence turned up in a five-year investigation into (George) Allen’s case. “After about a year of investigating, I started to believe he was innocent,” said Daniel Harvath. “Every fact we uncovered in the past five years has continued to point to his innocence.” Attorneys argued that some findings in serology tests were not included in the final studies presented by the prosecution and were not available to the defense. DNA testing was not as advanced in 1982, but tests on the semen on Bell’s bathrobe indicated the blood type did not match Allen, Bell or Bell’s boyfriend. Additionally, fingerprints on a windowsill near Bell’s body were not presented as evidence. Allen’s confession was called into question, as even St. Louis detectives who worked on the case said they were skeptical of his guilt. “There is also new exculpatory DNA results and powerful evidence that an over zealous detective fed Mr. Allen facts that led to a false confession,” Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the New York-based Innocence Project, said in a news release."

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