The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that a man convicted of rape nearly 40 years ago should be allowed to seek new DNA testing, upholding a Nebraska Court of Appeals ruling.
Juneal Pratt is serving 32 to 90 years for the rape, sexual assault and robbery of two Sioux City sisters in an Omaha motel room in 1975.
The 58-year-old Pratt has maintained his innocence and has sought DNA testing of evidence in the case for years. In 2011, a Douglas County District judge denied his request to allow DNA testing of the victims' clothes, saying they were not stored in a way that preserved the integrity of the DNA.
A 2005 test showed DNA from another man was present on the evidence, but because the evidence had been handled by an unknown number of people since the crime, the test result was inconclusive.