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DNA clears woman

2 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Monday, March 09 2015 Mar 9, 2015 March 09, 2015 6:57 PM March 09, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

RENO, NEVADA- Prosecutors declined to have a new trial for a woman who spent 30-years in prison for a murder she did not commit after recently discovered DNA evidence and will throw out the charge.

Cathy Woods was convicted in 1976 for stabbing Michelle Mitchell near the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Her conviction was thrown out last year when DNA evidence linked the crime to a convict in Oregon who now faces a murder charges in California for a string of killings that happened about the same time as the one in Reno.

A judge ordered a new trial for Woods later this year but won't be necessary since the prosecutor filed a motion to dismiss the case. 

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