More time given to lawyers for investigators in conviction overturned lawsuit


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BRATTLEBORO, Vermont — A judge has granted a request by three Vermont investigators and a prosecutor for more time to prepare in a lawsuit filed by a man who spent nearly 18 years in prison before his conviction for killing his wife was overturned.

The lawyers for John Grega said the conviction was based on flawed police work; the defendants seek a dismissal, saying the claims have no merit.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports ( Judge Geoffrey Crawford said he'd decide on the dismissal request no later than Jan. 21.

Grega's wife, Christine, was found dead in a Dover condominium where they were vacationing in 1994. Grega was convicted of aggravated murder. In 2010, his lawyers petitioned to test DNA evidence from the body. Grega was released after DNA from an unknown man was found.

Information from: Brattleboro Reformer,

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