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DNA Points To New Suspect In Slayings Of Zion girls

Publication Date: 
July 07, 2010
Chicago Breaking News Center
Lisa Black, Steve Mills and Ruth Fuller

Professor Lawrence Marshall is representing in a homicide case where an alleged confession is under review by prosecutors due to DNA evidence pointing to a new suspect:

After holding a Zion man for five years in the heinous killings of his 8-year-old daughter and her young friend, prosecutors revealed Tuesday that they had matched DNA evidence to someone else -- and were beginning their investigation anew.

The stunning development could lead to the release of Jerry Hobbs, who was arrested in May 2005 after allegedly confessing to killing both girls when his daughter defied his order to come home, said his lawyer, assistant public defender Keith Grant.


Rivera staunchly maintains his innocence, and an appeal is pending. One of his lawyers is Stanford University law professor Lawrence Marshall, who represented Rolando Cruz, who was convicted of the rape and murder of Jeanine Nicarico in DuPage County. Cruz was cleared in 1995 after DNA testing excluded him as the girl's rapist.