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(Chicago Tribune) — A new DNA test of blood evidence from the 1994 murder of a prominent Waukegan businessman has been found to match someone other than the man who has served 15 years in prison for the crime, his lawyer said Monday.  James L. Edwards, 62, has been incarcerated since 1996, when he was convicted in the bludgeoning death of Fred Reckling, owner of Grand Appliance and TV.  Edwards, then already a convicted murderer, has argued that he was coerced into a confession after a 26-hour interrogation.  “We have been advised that there is a potential (DNA) hit, and it is not my client,” said Edward’s attorney, Paul DeLuca.  Officials will now try to get a fresh sample of the person’s DNA to verify the match, he said. The person’s identity has not been disclosed.

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