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Court nixes retrial for man in notorious '94 rape, murder

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man convicted in a brutal rape and murder has been rejected in his attempt to get a new trial based on bite-mark evidence. Steven Fortin was convicted in two separate trials for the attack along Route 1 in Avenel in 1994 and faced a death sentence before New Jersey abolished the death penalty in 2007. He also pleaded guilty to a similar attack on a Maine state trooper that exhibited similar characteristics to the New Jersey attack. Fortin argued that studies in recent years have cast doubt on the reliability of bite-mark evidence, but Tuesday's appellate ruling held that wasn't enough to grant him a new trial. 

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