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Convicted killer of girl, 11, seeks new trial

Convicted killer of girl seeks new trial

EASTON, Pa. - A man who is already serving a life sentence for the murder of an 11-year-old girl was back before a judge Friday.

Scott Oliver appeared in Northampton County Court in Easton for an appeal hearing.

Oliver was convicted more than 20 years ago in the 1989 killing of Melissa Jaroschak.

Oliver challenged the ruling for years, but DNA tests last year linked him to the crime. The tests, however, also showed someone else's DNA was found on the victim, so Oliver is asking for a new trial.

The judge will hear testimony from a DNA expert, and possibly from Oliver, in the next few weeks.


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