Jury deliberating case in man’s 3rd trial in 1990 slaying

September 20, 2018

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A jury will resume deliberations Thursday in the third trial of an Illinois man accused in the 1990 killing of a 9-year-old girl in eastern Iowa.

The Black Hawk County jurors began their work Wednesday after closing arguments for and against Stanley Liggins. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jennifer Lewis, of Rock Island, Illinois. Her burned remains were found in September 1990 near a school in neighboring Davenport, Iowa, which is just across the Mississippi River.

Liggins has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison twice in the death of Lewis. Both convictions were overturned.

His third trial was moved to Black Hawk County from Scott County because of extensive pretrial publicity. Trial testimony began Aug. 30.

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