Woman’s DNA Helped Overturn Double-Murder Conviction — and She Was Found Dead Days Later

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A DNA hair sample convinced a Georgia judge to overturn the double-murder conviction of a man who’d spent 20 years in prison following the 1985 killings of a church deacon and his wife.

Days after the judge overturned Dennis Perry’s conviction, the woman who provided the hair sample — which implicated her son, Erik Sparre, as a suspect — was found dead in her home.

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