Woman found guilty of murdering teen nursing student in 1976 gets a new trial after DNA links convicted rapist to the killing… and deaths of FIVE other girls Cathy Woods, 64, was convicted of killing University of Nevada student Michele Mitchell in 1976.
However, new DNA evidence connects an Oregon inmate named Rodney L Halbower to the murder Woods’ attorney believes she confessed to the murder in order to get a better room at the mental hospital where she was being treated at the time
Now 64, Woods is set to be released from prison this week to await a retrial.
Note: Another Edward Edwards case? Apparently not, even though it is claimed by Cameron.
Exonerated March 6, 2015: DNA frees woman after 30 years locked up for murder
Rodney Halbower, 66, was serving a 30-year sentence for attempted murder in Oregon when he was extradited to San Mateo County, California, and charged in January with murder in the 1976 deaths of Paula Louise Baxter, 17, and Veronica “Ronnie” Anne Cascio, 18, near Pacifica.
Halbower had been arrested for the rape of a 33-year-old woman in Reno in November 1975 — three months before Mitchell was killed not far away. He was released on bail and barely a month later, the series of “Gypsy Hill” murders began. Cascio’s body was found Jan. 8, 1976, and Baxter’s on Feb. 4. Mitchell was killed Feb. 24.