Woman acquitted after 35 years in prison

 
Woman acquitted after 35 years in prison
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New DNA evidence shows that Cathy Woods (64) was wrongly convicted of murder 35 years ago. Now she is acquitted.

In 1979, the then 29 years old Cathy Woods was placed in a psychiatric hospital in Louisiana. It was her mother who got her admitted.

While Woods was there, she confessed to killing the 19 year old student Michelle Mitchell three years earlier, writes AP.

Defense lawyer Maizie Pusich has previously said to AP that Woods gave the confession because she was denied private room at the hospital, because she was not dangerous enough.

It was on the basis of this confession that Woods was convicted of the murder of Mitchell. For that, she served 35 years in prison.

However, last year new DNA evidence appeared from a cigarette butt found at the murder site.

The new evidence points to a 66 year old man from Oregon as the killer. He already serves a 30-year prison term for attempted murder and is additionally charged with the murder of two young girls in 1976, not far from where Michelle Mitchell was killed, writes AP.

Woods' case was going to court again in July this year, but yesterday it became clear that the charges against her were dropped.

The 64-year-old woman is thus acquitted of the murder of Michelle Mitchell.

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