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Incriminating Evidence Allowed in Murder Case

Hyde Park, Vermont - November 8, 2007

A man charged with the rape and murder of a woman in Stowe has lost his bid to have incriminating evidence thrown out. Two years ago, Howard Godfrey was charged with the 1991 rape and murder of Patricia Scoville. A routine FBI computer check matched Godfrey's DNA to evidence from the crime scene.

Godfrey claimed the authorities illegally collected his DNA in 1998 for a prior crime. He also said his Miranda rights were violated during police interviews and wanted the incriminating statements thrown out.

But Judge Dennis Pearson rejected the request in a written ruling issued Wednesday and the evidence will be allowed at Godfrey's upcoming trial.

Brian Joyce - WCAX News

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