New Trial Ordered In 1994 Murder

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A Vermont judge has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of murdering his wife in 1994, after newly analyzed DNA evidence raised questions about the case.

Fifty-year-old John Grega, formerly of Lake Grove, New York, on Long Island, was serving life without parole in the rape and murder of his then-31-year-old wife Christine, while they were vacationing at a West Dover condominium.

Last month his lawyers filed a motion to have his conviction thrown out, which potentially could have set him free. A hearing had been set for tomorrow.

Now Judge John Wesley, who is sitting at the criminal division of the Windham Superior Court, has agreed to vacate the conviction, but has ordered a new trial for Grega. Grega was expected to be released on $75,000 bail late yesterday afternoon.

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