Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Appeal Filed for Rodney Lincoln in 1982 St. Louis Murder

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Appeal Filed for Rodney Lincoln in 1982 St. Louis Murder

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ST. LOUIS * A man serving life in prison for fatally stabbing a woman and slashing her daughters in the Hyde Park neighborhood in 1982 has taken his claim of innocence to the state appeals court.

The petition was filed Tuesday on behalf of Rodney Lincoln, 71, with the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District in Kansas City. It challenges a June ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green, who said Lincoln did not present a persuasive case for innocence. Cole County, which includes Jefferson City, is in the western district.

Lincoln long has insisted that he did not stab JoAnn Tate or slash her daughters, then 7 and 4 years old. Tate, 35, was found dead in her apartment in the 1400 block of Farrar Street in April 1982. Tate also had been sexually assaulted with a broomstick.

After a second trial in St. Louis Circuit Court, Lincoln was convicted in October 1983 of manslaughter in Tate's death and assault upon the two daughters, who suffered serious stab wounds. …

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