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Convicted Murderer's Attorney Claims Wrongful Conviction

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UTICA, N.Y. -- A 45-year-old man charged with a murder 20 years ago asked the Oneida County District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Review Panel to re-examine the evidence in his past conviction.

But what they found only proved his role in the murder that much more.

Michael Brown was convicted in 1993 of beating a 75-year-old woman to death in her apartment.

His attorney approached the district attorney's office claiming his client was wrongfully convicted and requested that pieces of evidence, including a broken fingernail found at the scene be tested using new technology. But recent DNA tests proved the fingernail was in fact Brown's.

"We have a responsibility to people that if evidence exists and even though it was a long time ago. If we still are able to test it, we owe it to them and we owe it to society that we have basically made sure all the evidence that we have, even though time as past, would still prove that that person is guilty," said Scott McNamara, the Oneida County District Attorney.

McNamara said it is one of the few counties in the country that uses this type of review panel.

Officials are currently investigating a few other claims as well.

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