Criminal Justice

St. Louis Judge Rejects DNA Evidence Convicted Killer Says Proves Innocence

Prosecutors claim DNA not the whole story here


New DNA tests don't prove that a St. Louis man is innocent of the 1982 murder of a woman and the sexual assault of her young daughters, a judge has ruled.

Rodney Lee Lincoln, 69, had sought to have his double life sentence overturned based on DNA testing that he claimed shows he did not murder JoAnn Tate, 35, nor assault her daughters, Melissa, 7, and Renee, 4.

St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Robin Vannoy rejected his motion on Tuesday after hearing the case argued in September.