Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 9, 2014

Judge: More time needed to review '98 Kalkaska murder conviction

TRAVERSE CITY — A Kalkaska County judge said she needed more time to decide whether to grant a new trial for a suspect in a 1996 rape and murder.

Jamie Lee Peterson, 39, is serving a life sentence for the slaying of Geraldine Montgomery, 68.

Attorneys representing Peterson from the Michigan Innocence Clinic during a hearing today argued DNA evidence not only exonerates Peterson, but implicates another suspect, Jason Anthony Ryan.

46th Circuit Court Judge Janet Allen listened to nearly two hours of arguments from Peterson's attorneys and Kalkaska County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Michael Huber, who argued Peterson's confessions to the crime led to his conviction.

Allen said she'll issue an opinion as soon as possible.

See Thursday's Record-Eagle for more details.

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