Court Upholds DNA-Linked Murder Conviction

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)- The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting and killing a 13-year-old girl in 2000.

But the court also sent the case back to district court to reconsider the man's motion for a new trial, saying it is unclear whether the proper standard was used when the lower court rejected the motion.

William Carr was found guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree sexual assault in the attack on Linda Williamson, whose body was found in the Des Moines River in Des Moines.

A D-N-A test linked Carr to the crime and a jury found him guilty.

The appeals court rejected Carr's claim that there wasn't enough evidence to convict him in Williamson's death. The court says forensic evidence shows Williamson was likely thrown into the river before she died, and that a jury could reasonably conclude that Williamson was killed by the same person that assaulted her.

But the appeals court sent the motion for a new trial back to district court saying it is unclear if the proper standard was used in rejecting it.