A St. Louis judge has ruled that DNA tests fail to prove that a man is innocent of killing a woman and sexually assaulting her young daughters three decades ago.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 69-year-old Rodney Lee Lincoln sought to have his double life sentence overturned. He had hoped that DNA testing would show that he didn’t kill 35-year-old JoAnn Tate in 1982, nor assault her daughters, 7-year-old Melissa and 4-year-old Renee.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Robin Vannoy on Tuesday rejected the motion after hearing the case in September.
Lincoln’s daughter, Kay Lincoln, says an appeal is planned.
Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce agreed to allow DNA testing after misplaced evidence was found. Prosecutors said it was not a case where DNA provided the ultimate word.