Exoneration sought for two killers in crime lab review - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Exoneration sought for two killers in crime lab review

CLEVELAND (AP) - A legal advocacy group went to bat today for two men convicted in the beating death of an elderly Cleveland woman.

The New York organization called "The Innocence Project" says the two men should be cleared or given new trials because of shoddy police crime laboratory work. The shoddy work was disclosed in an outside review prompted by the exoneration of an accused rapist.

The Innocence Project says the review disclosed serious problems with at least a half-dozen cases.

Assistant Prosecutor Rick Bombik, who handled the case, says it's laughable to suggest that convicted killers Thomas Siller and Walter Zimmer are innocent. He says the Innocence Project is trying to free what he calls "two demons."

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