BENTON, Mo. (AP) –  The sheriff of Scott County who’s been trying to solve the 1992 slaying of a nursing student is hoping a fingerprint lifted from evidence using new technology will lead to a break in the case.

Sheriff Rick Walter told KFVS-TV that a scientist in England, John Bond, has managed to pull a “pretty good” fingerprint off of a curved metal surface on a piece of evidence collected after the 1992 slaying of Angela Mischelle Lawless.

“We’re trying to get a good flat print off of it,” Walter said, noting that the print they lifted needs further analysis.  “Somewhere there’s still a couple of guys running around out there that got away with murder in this county. That’s something I can’t live with.”

“For Scott County and for this family we’re going to find out who did this,” Walter vowed.

Lawless, who was 19 years old when she was killed, was found dead in her car near the Benton exit off Interstate 55.

She had been shot three times and had been struck in the head.

Joshua Kezer, a teenager at the time, was convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

In 2009, a judge exonerated Kezer after ruling that key evidence was kept from Kezer’s defense attorneys during his initial trial.

Kezer was freed from prison.



Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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