Group Seeks New Trial for 1995 Sex-Assault Convict

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Innocence Project is trying to get a new trial for a Racine man serving 25 years in prison after he was convicted of a 1995 sexual assault.

There'd been a similar assault in the area five weeks earlier. The group believes the man charged in that case committed both crimes, based on DNA and other evidence.

The group wants a new trial for 65-year-old Daniel Scheidell. The Innocence Project says DNA from the scene matches 44-year-old Joseph M. Stephen.

It also says the two assaults were nearly identical -- the victims were both single white women, each awoken at 5 a.m. to find a knife-wielding attacker straddling her in bed.

A status hearing in Scheidell's case is set for Monday.

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