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Missouri court considers DNA sample in murder case

Thursday, December 2, 2010 | 5:53 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — A lawyer for a man sentenced to death for a 1977 killing told the Missouri Supreme Court the DNA sample used to help convict him should not have been used.

Gregory Bowman was convicted last year for killing 16-year-old Velda Joy Rumfelt near St. Louis. The conviction came after a DNA sample matched semen found during the investigation.

Three decades ago, Bowman pleaded no contest to two murder charges in Illinois, but a judge ordered that he receive a new trial.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that Bowman's attorney, Stephen Evans, says the DNA sample used to convict him in the Rumfelt murder was intended only for the Illinois cases.

The Missouri attorney general's office contends Illinois police turned over the DNA sample to comply with a court order.

Illinois prosecutors said they did not intend to renew their case against Bowman after he was sentenced to death in Missouri.


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