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Aug 4, 2010 11:12 AM by Melissa Canone

DNA Exonerates a Zion Man of First-Degree Murder

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Prosecutors in northern Illinois have
dropped first-degree murder charges against a Zion man who's been
jailed since 2005 in the stabbing deaths of two young girls.
The move came during a hearing Wednesday after DNA evidence
found on one of the girls was linked to someone other than
39-year-old Jerry Hobbs.
Hobbs had pleaded not guilty in the stabbing deaths of his
8-year-old daughter, Laura, and her friend, 9-year-old Krystal
Tobias.
Prosecutors in Lake County last month announced that DNA from
the crime scene matches another man. That man used to live in Zion
but is now in custody in Virginia after being charged in two
attacks on women there.
It isn't yet clear when Hobbs will be released.

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