Petition seeks release of Hawaiian man convicted of 1991 murder | Nation

HONOLULU (AP) — A petition filed Monday outlining new evidence in one of Hawaii’s largest murder cases asks a judge to release a native Hawaiian who has spent more than 20 years in prison for sexual assault, kidnapping and murder of a white woman on the Big Island.

On Christmas Eve 1991, 23-year-old Dana Ireland was found barely alive in the bushes along a fishing trail in Puna, a remote district of the Big Island. She was sexually assaulted and beaten, and later died at the Hilo hospital. The wrecked bicycle she was riding was found several miles away and was reportedly struck by a vehicle.

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