DNA clears man – 19 years too late

2010-04-29 08:39

A man who spent nearly 19 years behind bars for a 1988 slaying he

didn’t commit has been cleared by DNA evidence and will go free.

A judge reversed Frank Sterling’s conviction after prosecutors in

Rochester, New York, agreed with an Innocence Project lawyers that DNA from

74-year-old Viola Manville’s clothing excluded him as Manville’s killer.

The DNA evidence led instead to prison inmate Mark Christie.

Christie strangled a 4-year-old girl in 1994, and prosecutors say he has now

confessed to killing Manville.

The 46-year-old Sterling was serving 25 years to life.

He confessed

to the killing during an all-night interrogation in 1991, but later recanted.

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