A man appealing his conviction in the 1982 murder of a St. Louis woman and the sexual assault of her young daughters will remain in prison. St. Louis Circuit Judge Robin Vannoy on Tuesday rejected a motion from Rodney Lee Lincoln based on new DNA tests.
Lincoln is serving a double life sentence for the murder of 35-year old JoAnn Tate and the sexual assaults of her 7- and 4-year old daughters.
The judge ruled that the DNA evidence doesn't prove Lincoln's innocence. The results showed no male DNA, just that of the victims.
Prosecutors say Lincoln's conviction came largely because the two girls had identified him as their attacker.