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Woman Presses for Freedom for Mother's Convicted Killer


The daughter of a St. Louis woman slain more than three decades ago is pressing for the release of the man imprisoned for the killing, saying he didn't commit the crime.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Melissa Davis told a judge Friday that she was wrong to identify Rodney Lincoln as the man who sexually attacked and killed 35-year-old JoAnn Tate in her home in 1982.

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green put off deciding on the motion for Lincoln's release.

Davis was seven years old when she identified Lincoln as her mother's killer. Witnesses testified at Lincoln's trial that a hair found at the scene belonged to him, but genetic testing later disproved that.

Lawyers for the Missouri attorney general's office are challenging efforts to get Lincoln freed.

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