New Trial Ordered For Man Convicted of '91 Deaths

An El Paso County judge says a man sentenced to prison for the murders of two people in 1991 should get a new trial because of newly discovered evidence that could prove his innocence.

District Judge Thomas Kane issued the ruling Wednesday in the case of 52-year-old Tim Kennedy. He's serving two life sentences for the execution-style killings of 15-year-old Jennifer Carpenter and her boyfriend, 37-year-old Steve Staskiewicz.

Kane's 13-page decision said new evidence was "of such character as to probably bring an acquittal verdict."

Kennedy's attorneys say his trial lawyers failed to interview at least one important witness, and that DNA on items handled by the killer matched someone other than Kennedy.

Prosecutors declined comment on Kane's ruling.

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