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The latest set of DNA tests on clothing belonging to a medical student raped and murdered in 1986 has found no link to four men convicted of the crime, Chicago officials said. “I think now there is overwhelming evidence of my clients’ innocence,” said Kathleen Zellner, the attorney for the four men, three of whom are serving life sentences. DNA tests were ordered in February after a report written by DNA defense expert Dr. Edward Blake challenged testimony in the case from Pamela Fish, a Chicago police crime analyst. Blake said that although tests performed by Fish showed none of the four could have been the source of semen recovered from the victim’s body, Fish testified the semen could have been from one of the convicted men. All four defendants are seeking to have their convictions vacated. Blake told the Chicago Tribune in Wednesday’s editions that the firm ordered to test DNA samples from the crime told him the suspects had been eliminated. Fish’s and prosecutor Celeste Stewart Stack declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press on Wednesday. Omar Saunders, Marcellius Bradford, Larry Ollins and his cousin, Calvin Ollins, were arrested in 1987 and charged with the murder of Lori Roscetti on Oct. 18, 1986. Bradford pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for his testimony against Larry Ollins and received a 12-year sentence. The other three were convicted in separate trials and got life terms. Criminal Court Judge Dennis Porter ordered the additional DNA tests on all of Roscetti’s clothing to try to eliminate all possibility of the four men’s involvement in the crime. After Blake receives the final test information, he has been asked to write a joint summary of the data with a DNA expert retained by prosecutors. Fish has testified in other cases where men were wrongly convicted. She offered testimony in the trials of two men who were convicted of two 1986 sexual assaults later cleared and in the case of John Willis, who was wrongly convicted as Chicago’s “beauty shop rapist.” Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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