New Trial Ordered in 1985 Lowell Slaying

November 28, 2018
Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- A judge ordered a new trial for a man convicted of killing a Lowell woman outside City Hall 33 years ago, according to reports.

In a ruling released earlier this week, Middlesex Superior Court Judge Maynard M. Kirpalani ordered a retrial, based on newly discovered DNA evidence that conflicts with physical evidence used to convict Arthur Davis, according to reports.

Davis was 20-years-old old when he was convicted of killing 23-year-old Patricia Richards in an alcove outside City Hall.

Richards was discovered dead on Feb. 10, 1985 just nine days after giving birth to her first child, according to a Sun article that ran the following day. She was last seen at about in the early hours of Sunday morning a bar on Broadway Street, according to the article.

At the time, police told the Sun Richards was murdered and possibly raped in a violent struggle that took place less than 100 yards from the police station.

This is a developing story.

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