New DNA evidence in Murder Case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A retrial of a man convicted in the 1994 Jacksonville death of his sister-in-law has been delayed. Defense lawyers say new DNA evidence casts more doubt in his case.

A new trial for Chad Heins was supposed to start December third, but was postponed indefinitely. The judge is scheduled to hear motions related to the new evidence next week.

His lawyers say semen from an unidentified man matches foreign strands of hair on the body of Tina Heins. She was stabbed 27 times
in the Mayport apartment she shared with Chad Heins and her husband, who was aboard a Navy ship at the time.

Chad Heins has been jailed for 13 years. The 33-year-old won a new trial in July after lawyers for the New York-based Innocence Project persuaded a judge to allow new DNA testing in 2003.

His conviction and life sentence were thrown out based on fingernail and hair evidence that suggested that there was someone else inside the apartment.

Prosecutors plan to retry the case.


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