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Monday, March 19, 2007

Wisconsin Man Freed By DNA Testing

From jsonline.com: Steven Avery, who became the public face of efforts in Wisconsin to free wrongly convicted prisoners, was found guilty Sunday of killing Teresa Halbach in a verdict that made American legal history.

Avery is only the second person to be convicted of a serious crime after being freed from prison through DNA testing and the first such person to be subsequently convicted of killing someone, according to the national Innocence Project.

The verdict in the murder of Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer, means Avery, 44, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

The jury, which found Avery guilty of being a felon in possession of a gun in addition to first-degree intentional homicide, acquitted him of mutilating Halbach's corpse.

Avery's attorneys said the homicide and mutilation verdicts appeared inconsistent, and they indicated they would file court motions on that issue in coming weeks. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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