Oct. 30, 2012
As a young man Juan Rivera confessed to raping and murdering an 11-year-old Waukegan, Illinois, girl, Holly Staker. But recent DNA testing excluded him as the source of a semen sample taken from the victim. Despite the DNA exclusion Rivera’s third trial ended in a conviction. Lake County Prosecutor Mike Mermel had argued the 11-year-old victim had been sexually active with someone else earlier on the day of her murder.