Representatives Clay And Cleaver Call For Inmate’s Release

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Two Missouri congressmen want the state’s attorney general to consider releasing an inmate convicted of killing a woman nearly 30 years ago.

Reps. William Lacy Clay and Emanuel Cleaver II said in a letter to Attorney General Chris Koster they want Koster to consider releasing George Allen Jr.

Allen was sentenced to 95 years in prison in the 1982 death of 31-year-old Mary Bell.

Police say Allen, now 55, confessed.

But documents that weren’t disclosed at trial showed police found semen samples from two different men at the scene. The Innocence Project has also said new DNA tests ruled out Allen as the source of those samples.

Clay said he hopes Allen will be released in time for the holidays.

Koster’s office said the case and letter are under review.

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