AUGUSTA, Maine — A judge has denied a man’s bid for a new trial for the 1983 death of a Maine woman after the state crime lab reported errors in DNA calculations.
The Kennebec Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2wVfMoG ) Thomas Mitchell Jr. sought a new hearing after the crime lab sent a letter saying there were concerns with DNA calculations.
Court records show a forensic DNA analyst found there was no change in the DNA conclusions after a recalculation of the evidence used in Mitchell’s trial.
The 60-year-old man was convicted of intentional and knowing murder in 2009 for the death of Judith Flagg. Prosecutors say Flagg was raped and stabbed to death in January 1983 with her uninjured 13-month-old nearby.
Mitchell’s lawyer says his client maintains his innocence.
Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/