Philadelphia Man Faces Retrial in 1991 Rape, Slaying of 77-Year-Old Neighbor


A man whose conviction in the rape and murder of an elderly woman in north Philadelphia a quarter-century ago was overturned due to DNA evidence is facing a retrial in the case.

Forty-four-year-old Anthony Wright was sentenced to life without parole in the October 1991 slaying of 77-year-old Louise Talley, his neighbor in the Nicetown neighborhood. The conviction was reversed two years ago after DNA evidence pointed to another man.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that prosecutors will argue in the retrial that Wright didn't act alone but was in the home when Talley was assaulted and stabbed 10 times.

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Defense attorneys have argued in pretrial filings that other evidence should be barred because it was tainted by improper police conduct and witnesses have died since the 1993 trial.

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