NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A West Warwick man who is serving a life sentence in the 1995 murder-for-hire of a pregnant teenager is asking for new DNA tests on evidence gathered at the crime scene.

John Pacheo Jr. was convicted of murder after prosecutors convinced a jury he hired a friend to kill 17-year-old Jenny Lee Bailey with a promise of $1,000, a job and a car.

The Providence Journal reports Pacheo's lawyer has asked a judge to order DNA testing on 15 items, including hair found in the victim's hand.

He's also asking the judge to order a DNA sample from a man they believe impregnated Bailey and had a reason to want her dead.

Prosecutors say Pacheco's request doesn't qualify under the state's DNA testing law and called his theory preposterous.

 

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