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17 YEARS AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF A GRISLY MURDER IN VEGAS, KIRSTIN LOBATO SEES HER CHARGES DISMISSED

Kirstin Lobato

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/29/las-vegas-murder-kirstin-lobato-wrongful-conviction/

ON DECEMBER 29, more than a decade after she was first sent to prison in Nevada for a murder she did not commit, Kirstin Blaise Lobato saw the charges against her dismissed. “It is the end to her nearly 17-year nightmare,” said Vanessa Potkin, director of post-conviction litigation for the Innocence Project, which took on Lobato’s case. “It’s over.”

Lobato was twice convicted of the gruesome murder of a 44-year-old homeless man named Duran Bailey, whose body was found behind a dumpster off the Las Vegas Strip just after 10 p.m. on July 8, 2001, covered in a thin layer of trash. Bailey’s teeth had been knocked out and his eyes were bloodied and swollen shut; his carotid artery had been slashed, his rectum stabbed, and his penis amputated. It was found among the trash nearby.

Despite a crime scene rich with potential evidence, Las Vegas detectives Thomas Thowsen and James LaRochelle ignored obvious leads and instead focused their investigation on 18-year-old Lobato, based solely on a third-hand rumor. Read more >>

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  • GC66

    I hope Kirsten takes the Clark County prosecutor and Thowsen and LaRochelle to the damn cleaners. 😠