Third trial delayed for Illinois man charged with 1990 killing of 9-year-old girl

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Stanley Liggins photo from Scott County Jail 2-7-14

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A judge has delayed the third trial of an Illinois man charged with the 1990 killing of a 9-year-old girl in eastern Iowa.

The trial of Stanley Liggins, 54, was set to begin July 5, but the defense requested more time earlier this month due to an attorney’s illness, the Quad-City Times reports.

A new trial date has not been set.

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Juries twice convicted Liggins in the death of Jennifer Lewis, who disappeared from her Rock Island, Illinois, neighborhood. Investigators say she was raped and strangled. Her body was wrapped in a plastic bag and set on fire near a Davenport elementary school.

The Iowa Supreme Court overturned his 1993 conviction. In November 2013, the Iowa Court of Appeals vacated Liggins’ second conviction and ordered a new trial.

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