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Lawyer says new DNA testing will prove convicted murderer’s innocence

Posted at 4:22 AM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 10:01:03-04

The man convicted of shooting two Portland teenagers in 2012, killing one and severely injuring the other, is appealing his conviction. 

David Strickland’s lawyer, Cynthia Orr, says new DNA testing will clear him of any involvement in the crime at Violet Andrews Park in Portland, where Kristene Chapa and Mollie Olgin were found after being shot. 

"This new DNA is going to give us an actual description of the killer. It’ll give us the person’s gender, male or female, eye color, hair color, skin color, and if they have freckles and their national origins," Orr continued.

DNA testing will be done on a hair recovered from Kristene Chapa, who survived the attack. 

There is no word on how long the testing will take. 

Strickland was convicted of capital murder and given a life sentence in September 2016.