Third Trial to be Set in Girl's 1990 Murder

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By Rachel Begle

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A third trial will be scheduled for a man serving life in prison in the 1990 slaying of a 9-year-old girl in Davenport.

The Iowa Supreme Court has declined to review a November appeals court ruling that vacated Stanley Liggins' first-degree murder conviction.

Scott County Attorney Mike Walton says the decision means prosecutors have no more appeals and must retry the case.

Juries twice convicted Liggins in the death of Jennifer Lewis, who disappeared from her Rock Island, Ill., neighborhood. Investigators say she was raped and strangled, wrapped in a plastic bag, doused with gasoline and set on fire near a Davenport elementary school.

The appeals court says prosecutors should have told Liggins' attorneys that a key witness was a paid police informant.

Liggins' attorney says he's an innocent man.
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