- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A judge says a man convicted of killing two New Jersey women decades ago can seek a possible DNA test that he contends will clear him in one of the murders.

NJ.com reports that a Morris County judge granted the motion Wednesday in the case of 69-year-old James Koedatich, who is serving two life sentences.

He was convicted of sexually assaulting and stabbing to death 18-year-old Amie Hoffman and 25-year-old Dierdre O’Brien less than two weeks apart in 1982.

Defense attorney Ed Bilinkas says his client has always contended that he didn’t kill Hoffman, a Parsippany Hills High School student abducted from the parking lot of a shopping mall.

A 2013 state law allows inmates to seek DNA testing using technology that did not exist at the time of conviction.

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Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com


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