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DNA Testing Still A Reach For Convicted Woman

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The Innocence Project (courtesy KXNT/Smith)

The Innocence Project (courtesy KXNT/Smith)

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(Las Vegas, NV) — Kirstin Lobato has been at a women’s correctional facility since 2001 after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sexual penetration of a dead body.

In May of 2001, Lobato fended off an attempted rapist by slashing the attacker’s penis with a knife. Recounting the story of the incident to friends may have been her biggest mistake.

That’s because in July of the same year a man she had never met was killed in a different location in west Las Vegas and his penis was cut off. The police heard about Lobato’s story and questioned her and took her story as a confession of the July crime.

She admitted that in self-defense, she had used a knife the area of the attacker’s penis in the May case.

Witnesses say Lobato was 170 miles away from the crime in Panaca, NV at the time of the homicide.

Lobato, now 30, has been sentenced to 35 years to a women’s facility in Las Vegas. The Innocence Project continues its efforts to get her case overturned and has gathered over 191,000 signatures to try and persuade Steve Wolfson to allow DNA testing on the evidence.

For more information on the case or to sign the information, click the links below.

http://www.injustice-anywhere.org/KirstinLobatoOverview.html

http://www.change.org/petitions/allow-dna-testing-for-kirstin-blaise-lobato

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