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Convicted By Jury, DNA Results In Motion For New Trial, Still Locked Up –

PARIS, IL. (ECWd) –

Following up on a previous article (here) which could turn out to be a case of wrongful prosecution and conviction, the Illinois State Police Crime Lab has provided the DNA testing results from samples taken from the underwear provided following allegations of predatory sexual abuse of a minor.

Fred Cox, 61, was found guilty on December 16, 2015 of felony predatory criminal sexual assault / victim under 13 years of age, and has been in the Edgar County Jail awaiting sentencing since that time. Sentencing was originally scheduled for February 2016 but had to be postponed due to bad winter weather closing the courthouse.

Since then, the DNA testing results have been returned, there was a hearing scheduled for July 26, 2016, for a Motion for Leave to file Motion for New Trial. The hearing on that motion was postponed until August 24, at 2:15 p.m. where an evidentiary hearing will be heard. Fred Cox is still in custody.

DNA sample was taken from Fred Cox, who was the neighbor and was convicted by a jury – and Robert Burton, who is the boyfriend of the child’s mother and has not been charged with anything.

The DNA results are below, and they consisted of:

  • a major haplotype identified as matching Robert Burton and does not match Fred Cox
  • a minor haplotype identified which Burton and Cox both can be excluded
  • a haplotype identified as matching Robert Burton and does not match Fred Cox
  • a major haplotype identified as matching Robert Burton and does not match Fred Cox
  • a minor haplotype identified which Fred Cox cannot be excluded (but is expected in 1 in 5 African American males, 1 in 3 Caucasian, or 1 in 3 Hispanic unrelated males). Robert Burton can be excluded from this minor haplotype
  • Fred Cox and Robert Burton cannot be excluded from the test in which 77% of unrelated males cannot be excluded
  • a haplotype identified from which Robert Burton cannot be excluded, and Fred Cox can be excluded
  • a major haplotype identified from which Robert Burton cannot be excluded, but Fred Cox can be excluded
  • a minor haplotype identified from which both Cox and Burton can be excluded

We are not experts in reading DNA test results and offer no opinions on them other than to say they are below and you can read them for yourselves.

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Further and more detailed background information is reported in Disclosure News Online (here subscription required) or is available in their print edition available in Paris at the Circle K gas station (by Burger King) or at the Country Junction gas station in Kansas, IL.

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