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Prosecutors Seek to Overturn 1976 Nevada Murder Conviction

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Baxter, Blackwell, Booth Bottom: Cascio, Lamp, Mitchell (FBI) Baxter, Blackwell, Booth Bottom: Cascio, Lamp, Mitchell (FBI)
Public defenders are trying to get a new trial for 64-year-old Cathy Woods convicted of killing a nursing student in the 1970s. The victim was one of six women killed in the Bay Area's ‘Gypsy Hill' murders.

Woods has spent more than 30 years in prison after being convicted of murdering 19-year-old Michelle Mitchell.

Authorities say DNA evidence on a cigarette butt that recently was re-examined links someone other than Woods to the murder scene in a garage near the UNR campus where Mitchell was tied up and her throat slashed in 1976.

The FBI says the DNA instead matches another crime scene linked to the Bay Area's ‘Gypsy Hill' murders during the 1970s.

The victims were 18-year-old Veronica Ann "Ronnie" Cascio, 14-year-old Tatiana Marie "Tanya" Blackwell, 17-year-old Paula Louse Baxter, 26-year-old Carol Lee Booth and 19-year-old Denise Lampe. All had been stabbed to death, a few of them found with rope or cord tied around their necks.

Authorities are still looking for whose DNA was found at those crimes scenes. Blackwell and Cascio both died in Pacifica, Baxter in Millbrae, Booth in South San Francisco, and Lampe in Daly City
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