February 5, 1997 in Nation/World

Dna Evidence Suggests Sheppard Innocent

Compiled From Wire Services

More than four decades after Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted of murdering his wife in a trial that transfixed America, a team of lawyers, private investigators and a renowned forensics expert put together by the couple’s son presented new DNA evidence Tuesday that strongly suggests what the son knew all along - that his father was innocent.

The DNA evidence, drawn from a few surviving specks of blood and some sperm found inside Marilyn Sheppard, also suggest than an intruder like the “bushy-haired” stranger described by Sheppard, was the likely killer. And the evidence, the oldest DNA evidence ever presented in a criminal case, increased suspicion that the killer was a former window washer at the Sheppard’s lakeside home, Richard Eberling, who is in prison for the 1984 murder of an elderly widow.

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