Man Charged in Case for Which Robert Lee Stinson Had Been Wrongfully Convicted; Wisconsin Innocence Project Helps Solve the Crime

From the news source:

A 51-year-old man was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the 1984 slaying of a Milwaukee woman, a killing for which another man had been convicted and imprisoned for 23 years until new evidence brought about his release.

Moses Price Jr. is accused in the slaying of Ione Cychosz, 62, linked to the crime by his DNA found on her clothing, according to a criminal complaint filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Cychosz’s body was found the morning of Nov. 3, 1984, in the 2600 block of N. 7th St., near her home. She had been beaten, stabbed and bitten.

Robert Lee Stinson was convicted of killing Cychosz, but he was freed in January 2009 when the Innocence Project produced evidence showing that bite marks found on Cychosz could not have come from Stinson. Cychosz and Stinson were neighbors.

Then in 2010, the University of Wisconsin Law School program, saying it had new DNA evidence and a signed confession, identified Priceas being responsible for the murder.

Price is in prison, serving a 35-year sentence for the 1991 murder of a Milwaukee man and other crimes.

According to the criminal complaint, at the request of the district attorney’s office and the Innocence Project, evidence, including Cychosz’s clothing, was submitted for DNA analysis in 2007.

In November 2009, DNA found on a blue V-neck pullover Cychosz was wearing matched Price’s DNA profile, the complaint says.

Another DNA sample was taken from Price, and in May 2010, the State Crime Laboratory reported it matched the DNA found on the shirt, the complaint states.

Price told investigators in April 2010 that he followed Cychosz after she got off a bus, that he had a “blackout” and when he “came to” the woman was lying on her back on the ground. He was on top of her and had a knife in his hand, he told investigators, according to the complaint.

The next day, he saw a news report of a woman being found dead and realized the woman he was with had died, the complaint says.

According to the complaint, Price said he never told anyone about what happened and that no one ever suspected him in the killing.

He stated he went to prison shortly after the homicide and that he worried that his DNA would come up in the Cychosz case and that he thought about the case everyday, the complaint says.

One response to “Man Charged in Case for Which Robert Lee Stinson Had Been Wrongfully Convicted; Wisconsin Innocence Project Helps Solve the Crime

  1. Pamela Skenandore

    Please let me know of any new info in this case.

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