February 27, 2008
WKBT TV- La Crosse, WI
A court has denied a man's request for DNA testing that he says could prove his innocence in the death of a teenage girl.
Mark Rea was convicted of being party to first-degree intentional homicide and second-degree sexual assault in the 1993 death of Charlene Dvorak.
Prosecutors say Rea and David Newbury beat and sexually assaulted Dvorak. All three were high school students.
Rea and Newbury blamed each other and were both convicted.
The Wisconsin Innocence Project is seeking DNA testing on items collected from the scene and the hospital where Dvorak was treated to exonerate Rea.
But the Court of Appeals says the testing could not prove his innocence given the other evidence presented at trial.