The Philadelphia district attorney has agreed to vacate the man’s 1993 verdict and sentence, making way for a new trial based on new DNA evidence.
A DNA test resulting from an arrest in Georgia linked defendant Rudolph Churchill to the murders.
Seventeen-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado was murdered on her way to school in September of 1996, and the crime remained unsolved until a DNA hit last year.
Philadelphia Police announced on Tuesday that DNA evidence linked a suspect to two sexual assaults in North Philadelphia, including the brutal rape of a 15-year-old girl back in March.
Faced with DNA evidence, surveillance video, and a confession from their client, the defense made two arguments, one challenging the conclusiveness of DNA evidence and the other claiming diminished mental capacity.
The state Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill to expand the use of DNA evidence in Pennsylvania.
Otis Wilkerson, 39, was arrested after a computer DNA match in 2006.
New Jersey state senator Diane Allen says the federal government is supposed to pick up the tab for this, but sometimes it doesn’t happen and the victim is billed.