KALKASKA, Mich. (AP) - A man accused of raping and killing a northern Michigan woman is scheduled for trial after an investigation cleared another man who served 16 years in prison in the case.
Thirty-six-year-old Jason Anthony Ryan of Davison is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Trial begins Monday.
Jamie Peterson was released in September after DNA tests showed he didn’t attack 68-year-old Geraldine Montgomery, whose body was found in the trunk of her car outside her Kalkaska home in 1996.
Peterson recanted his initial confession but was convicted in 1998 and sentenced to life without parole.
Lawyers with organizations that support people they believe were wrongly convicted looked into the case. They persuaded local authorities to conduct DNA testing, which prosecutors say placed Ryan at the crime scene.
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