September 2, 2018
This is at least the third time he has been on trial.
Why does his conviction keep getting overturned?
On Sept. 17, 1990, 9-year-old Jennifer Lewis was excitedly telling anyone who would listen about her upcoming birthday in four days.
However, the Rock Island girl never saw her 10th birthday.
“Later that day on Sept. 17, 1990, her burning body was discovered on the Jefferson (Elementary) School grounds in Davenport, Iowa,” Scott County Attorney Mike Walton told a Black Hawk County jury Thursday.
The girl, who was burned beyond recognition, was manually strangled to death. She also had blunt-force injuries to her pelvis and rectum, Walton said.
The discovery of Lewis’ body kicked off a massive, multi-state investigation that ultimately led to Stanley Liggins, the man prosecutors say killed and sexually abused her and set her body on fire.
Liggins was tried in 1993 and 1995 and convicted both times. Both convictions were overturned.