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Innocence Project closes case, suspect in '92 murder serves life sentence

A twice convicted suspect in a 1992 Big Lake murder case will remain in prison after the Innocence Project of Minnesota closed its case. The victim, 39-year-old Linda Jensen was found raped and repeatedly stabbed at her Big Lake township home while her infant daughter sat in a playpen nearby. For years, police tracked thousands of leads until a tip in 2000 led them to an arrest.
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A twice convicted suspect in a 1992 Big Lake murder case will remain in prison after the Innocence Project of Minnesota closed its case, FOX9 reports.

The victim, 39-year-old Linda Jensen was found raped and repeatedly stabbed at her Big Lake township home while her infant daughter sat in a playpen nearby. For years, police tracked thousands of leads until a tip in 2000 led them to an arrest.

A DNA sample from Kent Richard Jones of Becker matched up with DNA recovered from Jensen's body during an autopsy. Jones was later convicted by a jury and sentence to life in prison.

In 2004, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed the conviction, ruling that the district court should have allowed the jury to hear evidence of two other suspects in the case. Jones was granted a new trial and was again convicted by a jury and sentenced to life in prison.

The Innocence Project began investigating the case in 2011 and asked for more DNA testing of the knife used. An Anoka County Judge denied that request in August citing concern about altering the evidence.

FOX9 says Jones is currently in prison in Stillwater, eligible for release on July 21, 2030.

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