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Stanley Liggins sentenced to life in prison

WATERLOO, Iowa --In the afternoon of Thursday, May 30, Stanley Liggins was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of Jennifer Lewis in 1990. Judge Marlita Greve denied Liggins’ motion for a new trial reciting the abundant evidence the jury heard to support the conviction.

Back in April, a jury found Stanley Liggins guilty of first-degree murder after his fourth trial in the case.

Deliberations went into a second day before a jury of seven women and five men found Liggins guilty.

Jurors considered a single count of first-degree murder against the 57-year-old man, who was charged in the Sept. 17, 1990 death of Jennifer Lewis of Rock Island, Illinois.  Her burning body was found in a field near a Davenport elementary school.

Liggins was convicted of the crime twice; first in a 1993 trial in Scott County and 1995 in Dubuque County.  Both convictions were overturned.  A third trial took place in September of 2018, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

The trial was moved to Black Hawk County because of pretrial publicity.

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