Saturday, April 07, 2001

Convicted killer could get new trial

The Associated Press

        TOLEDO — A man convicted of rape and murder 19 years ago hopes he will be set free after a polygraph added to doubts about his conviction that were raised by a DNA test.

        Danny Brown, 44, had been sentenced to life in prison despite inconsistent witness accounts from the victim's 6-year-old son.

        But a recent lie-detector test indicated that Mr. Brown wasn't lying when he said he didn't strangle Bobbie Russell with an electrical cord taken from a Christmas tree, the polygraph examiner said.

        Mr. Brown was convicted in 1982 for the murder of Ms. Russell, a 28-year-old mother of three he had dated about four times.

        He rejected a plea bargain that would have meant he would be out of prison by now.

        Earlier this year, DNA tests showed that semen taken from Ms. Russell did not come from Mr. Brown.

        Polygraph examiner Lynn Marcy said the lie-detector test also indicated Mr. Brown was not withholding information about the crime.


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