Montana Men Freed By Work Of Boise State Professor

Apr 26, 2018

This undated photo provided by the Montana Department of Corrections shows Paul Kenneth Jenkins.
Credit Montana Department of Corrections via AP

Two Montana men had their murder convictions overturned thanks to the work of Boise State University Professor Greg Hampikian. He’s the director of the Idaho Innocence Project and has analyzed the DNA in several high profile crime cases, including the Amanda Knox case in Italy.

Fred Lawrence and Paul Jenkins were serving life sentences for robbery, kidnapping and homicide in the 1994 death of Donna Meagher.

On Boise State Public Radio's talk show, Idaho Matters, Hampikian said that he found DNA from another man on the evidence, a man who could now face a trial in Meagher’s murder.

“He could, the state has said he is a suspect and they’ve got to decide what to do, he’s already in for two murders, two homicides,” says Hampikian.

Hampikian says Lawrence and Jenkins are out of jail and are waiting to see if they will face another trial or if the charges against them will be dismissed.

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