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Defense seeks new DNA tests before 1988 slaying resentencing

July 4, 2018 GMT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Defense attorneys are asking a judge to order new DNA tests in a 30-year-old murder case before resentencing a man convicted as a juvenile of the slaying.

The (Altoona) Mirror reports that 47-year-old James Rogers is to be resentenced in the 1988 murder because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring mandatory life terms for juvenile offenders.

Rogers was 17 when 72-year-old Pasquale Lascoli was stabbed at least 70 times during a robbery at his Altoona home.

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DNA tests were so novel during his 1989 trial that a judge held four days of testimony to determine their validity. But a defense expert witness testified Tuesday that the testing done at the time was unreliable.

The hearing was continued to allow defense attorneys time to prepare for the prosecution’s rebuttal witness.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com