New August hearing for 1976 Nevada murder convict

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Updated: 5/15/2014 10:32 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 76-year-old Nevada woman trying to overturn her murder conviction after spending more than 30 years in prison will have to remain behind bars for at least three more months.

Washoe District Court Judge Patrick Flanagan granted a request by prosecutors Wednesday to postpone Cathy Woods' status hearing for 90 days so they have more time to examine new evidence.

Woods has been convicted twice of killing Michelle Mitchell, a 19-year-old nursing student at the University of Nevada, Reno.

But authorities say DNA evidence recently examined links someone other than Woods to the murder scene in a residential garage on the edge of the UNR campus where Mitchell was tied up and her throat slashed in 1976.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the new hearing is set for Aug. 21.

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