New appeal filed for Missouri man convicted in 1982 killing

2 years 6 months 1 week ago Tuesday, July 12 2016 Jul 12, 2016 Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:21:00 PM CDT July 12, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Missouri appellate court is being asked to exonerate an inmate who says he was wrongly convicted of sexually attacking and killing a St. Louis woman more than three decades ago.

The Midwest Innocence Project filed an appeal Tuesday on Rodney Lincoln's behalf with the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City.

A Cole County judge last month refused to intervene, ruling that there was not enough evidence to back Lincoln's claim of innocence in the death of 35-year-old JoAnn Tate. She was killed in her home in 1982, and her two young daughters were assaulted.

Lincoln has served 34 years in prison and consistently has maintained his innocence.

As the Midwest Innocence Project's legal director, Tricia Bushnell says "there's not a single shred of evidence" justifying Lincoln's conviction.

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