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.


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.


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