HUGE BREAKTHROUGH in 43-Year-Old Murder Case

(DailyEmailNews.com) – Citing evidence that a former police officer may have committed the crime, a Missouri judge has overturned the 43-year-old conviction of Sandra Hemme for a 1980 murder.

According to the Associated Press, Judge Ryan Horsman of the 43rd Circuit Court in Livingston County ordered Hemme’s release unless a retrial is initiated within 30 days.

The judge highlighted that Hemme received ineffective counsel and that prosecutors did not share beneficial evidence during her trial.

“We are grateful to the Court for acknowledging the grave injustice Ms. Hemme has endured for more than four decades,” Hemme’s legal team commented.

They are committed to fully clearing her charges and reuniting her with her family. Diagnosed as a psychiatric patient, Hemme had been imprisoned since her controversial conviction.

According to Hemme’s attorneys from The Innocence Project, “Hemme was wrongly convicted for the 1980 murder of Patricia Jeschke in St. Joseph, Missouri, after police exploited her mental illness and coerced her into making false statements while she was sedated and being treated with antipsychotic medication.”

31-year-old library worker Patricia Jeschke was found dead and naked in a pool of blood by her mother on November 13, 1980, after failing to appear at work. Jeschke was discovered at home, nude and bound, with a knife placed under her head.

Hemme, who had a history of mental health issues and was frequently hospitalized since age 12, was released from a state hospital the day before Jeschke missed work.

Two weeks after the murder, Hemme appeared with a knife at a nurse’s home, which prompted police to make her a suspect due to the timing.

Although she was heavily medicated and restrained during police interrogations, Hemme’s inconsistent confessions were used as the primary evidence in her trial, which lacked any witnesses or forensic evidence linking her to the crime scene.

Separately, police officer Michael Holman became a suspect when it was discovered he tried using Jeschke’s credit card and had her earrings in his possession. Despite these findings, this information was withheld during Hemme’s trial.

Holman, who was 22 at the time of the murder, was later arrested for unrelated crimes and died in 2015. Hemme’s attorneys have criticized the police for hiding crucial evidence that pointed to Holman instead of Hemme.

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