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FL Man Sentenced to Death:  The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a judge sentenced  Victor Guzman, 40, to death in Florida Thursday. Guzman was convicted last year of the December 2000 fatal stabbing of an 80-year-old woman. The victim was found naked in her home with 58 stab wounds. In 2004, Guzman's DNA was matched to a sample taken from the scene. His DNA also linked him to the 2002 rape of a 12-year-old girl.

KY Killers Will Have DNA Evidence Tested With New Methods:  Andrew Wolfson of the Courier-Journal reports that a unanimous Kentucky Supreme Court decision on Thursday set precedent allowing convicted murderers access to DNA testing results that was not available at the time of their trials.  Garr Keith Hardin and Jeffrey D. Clark were convicted in 1995 for the 1992 murder of Rhonda Sue Warford. As a result of the court's decision they will be given access to new DNA tests of hairs found clasped in the victims hands that were not available when they were first tried. Kentucky had required post conviction DNA tests only for death penalty cases.

IN Man Charged With 1977 Murder:  Fox News and the Associated Press report that Michael V. Ackerman was arrested Wednesday in Indiana for the January 17, 1977 murder of his then-girlfriend's 18-month-old son. The cause of death was originally listed as multiple injuries/undetermined. The child's sister, who was 3-years-old at the time of the murder, led to the reopening of the case. In February, she told authorities that she had been present during the killing. Ackerman is charged with second-degree murder and could face 15 to 25 years or life in prison.

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