HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut prosecutor has agreed to a new trial for a man whose conviction for a 1991 murder was recently put in doubt by DNA testing.
Hartford State’s Attorney Gail Hardy said Wednesday that a motion for a new trial by Alfred Swinton’s lawyers should be granted. A judge is scheduled to rule on the motion and whether to set bail for Swinton on Thursday.
Swinton was convicted in 2001 of murdering Carla Terry in Hartford a decade earlier and sentenced to 60 years in prison. New DNA testing ruled him out as the source of bite marks on Terry’s body, and a forensic odontologist recanted trial testimony that Swinton’s teeth matched the bite marks.
Police unsuccessfully have tried to connect Swinton to four other killings in the 1990s.
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