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DNA evidence links Montana killing to convicted murderer

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By AMY BETH HANSON
Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Motions filed to overturn the homicide convictions of two men in a 1994 Montana killing reveal that another man serving a life sentence for a double murder told family members he was responsible. Newly available DNA evidence links him to the crime.

The nephew and former sister-in-law of David Wayne Nelson said Nelson told them 20 years ago that he kidnapped and killed Donna Meagher as she closed up a casino in Montana City.

Freddie Joe Lawrence and Paul Jenkins were convicted.

Court records say recent DNA tests on evidence in the Meagher case match Nelson, who killed a Deer Lodge man and his mother in 2015. Tests did not find DNA matches for Lawrence or Jenkins.

The Montana Innocence Project is asking that they be released from prison. A hearing is set for Friday in Helena.

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PHOTO: David Wayne Nelson mugshot courtesy Montana Department of Corrections.

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