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  1. #1
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    Sep 2014

    NY - Colleen Meadow, 27, found strangled, Syracuse, 4 March 1985

    For seven days, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and defense lawyer Ed Menkin have circled each other in the courtroom while trying a murder from 29 years ago. For Fitzpatrick, the case is personal: he was at the crime scene after Colleen Meadow, 27, was hog-tied and strangled in her Syracuse apartment on March 4, 1985. Then an assistant district attorney, Fitzpatrick also attended her funeral, Meadow's sister said.

    Though authorities say the investigation pointed to Meadow's estranged husband, there wasn't enough evidence. The trail went cold. Fitzpatrick went on and was elected the county's top prosecutor in 1991. Then, late last year, new DNA appeared to point again to the estranged husband...

  2. #2
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    Apr 2013
    From December:


    A Georgia man arrested last year after DNA evidence linked him to the murder of his estranged wife in 1985 was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison today.

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    Aug 2015
    An appeals court today overturned a Georgia man's murder conviction in the strangulation of his estranged wife 31 years ago in Syracuse.

    Ronald Meadow, 62, will get a new trial in the death of his wife, Colleen, after a four-judge appeals court unanimously faulted a key ruling by County Court Judge Anthony Aloi during the first trial in 2014.

    Meadow had been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

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    Oct 2014
    Man facing retrial in cold-case murder sues Syracuse DA for 'vindictive' jail arrest


    A Georgia man, whose murder conviction in a 1985 cold case was overturned on appeal, is now suing Onondaga County's district attorney for "vindictively" pursuing another charge against him.

    When Meadow was returned from Attica prison, he was accused of "stockpiling" anxiety medication in the downtown Syracuse jail.

    Meadow did not deny that there were two pills rolled up in a piece of toilet paper under the sheet in his cell. But he said he simply wanted to take the pills later in the day because he had a big court appearance the next morning.

    Meadow was sent to solitary confinement for a week for the infraction. The sheriff's office also filed a misdemeanor prison contraband charge against him.

    And Fitzpatrick's office pushed to have Meadow's pill case go to trial before his murder case did. Prosecutors wanted Meadow to spend a year in jail for the infraction.

    Meadow's appellate lawyer, Andy Frisch, filed a lawsuit this month accusing Fitzpatrick of "vindictive" prosecution for pursuing the pill charge after Meadow had already been punished by the jail.
    The retrial is scheduled for June 19th.

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