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Appellate Division upholds Rochester murder conviction

Appellate Division upholds Rochester murder conviction
Posted Wednesday, March 26th 2014 @ 5pm  by Bud Lowell

A state appeals court has upheld a Rochester man's murder conviction  -- but two justices on the panel filed a dissenting opinion, saying they believe prosecutor Sandra Doorley overstated the strength of the evidence.


Doorley is now the Monroe County District Attorney. She was an assistant DA in 2007 when she successfully prosecuted Howard Wright for the murder of Patricia Daggett. Daggett was killed in 1995. Wright and another defendant were arrested 11 years later after advances in DNA evidence technology matched them to the crime. An attorney appealed, saying the most accurate of the three types of DNA testing didn't exlude all other possible suspects.


The two dissenting justices felt the jury would have decided differently if it had known that and felt Doorley "mischaracterized" the strength of the evidence. A three judge majority ruled both the circumstantial and DNA evidence was sound enough to convict Wright of murder.


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