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New DNA Testing Points To Different Killer In 1981 Slaying

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Officials say new DNA testing points to a different killer in a 1981 slaying for which a Michigan man is serving a life sentence.

Ingham County Circuit Court set a Sept. 23 hearing to consider new evidence that could overturn the conviction of 53-year-old Michael Darnell Harris in the slaying of 77-year-old Ula Curdy of Lansing reports The Detroit Free Press.

Harris is serving life sentences for killing Curdy as well as three other women in 1981 and 1982 in Lansing, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. He’s long said he’s innocent.

Interim Ingham Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer says freedom for Harris anytime soon appears unlikely, given his record.

Harris’ court-appointed lawyer Edwar Zeineh says other convictions from what was seen as the work of a serial killer and rapist could fall.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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