Monday, January 10, 2011

Wis. judge grants new trial in 23-year-old slaying - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

MADISON, Wis. — A judge has granted a new trial for a man convicted of chaining a girl to a tree and shooting her to death 23 years ago.

Terry Vollbrecht was sentenced to life in prison in in 1989 in connection with the homicide of Angela Hackl, who was found dead two years earlier outside Sauk City.

Wisconsin Innocence Project attorneys have argued new evidence suggests another man killed Hackl. They say the man made statements that he liked to chain women to a tree, shoot them and light them on fire and confessed he killed Hackl to a fellow prison inmate.

Dodge County Circuit Judge Steven Bauer says in a decision issued Monday the new evidence raises reasonable doubts about Vollbrecht's guilt and granted him a new trial.

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