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Lewis Ashker, who was convicted in 1986 of murdering Delmont resident Jerry Plihal, walks from the courtroom Wednesday at the Douglas County Courthouse in Armour. He appeared for a hearing on DNA testing of hairs from the 1985 murder. (Anna Jauhola/Republic)

Convict says DNA proves innocence

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ARMOUR -- A convicted murderer claims DNA testing has proven he was not at the scene of a Delmont man's death in 1985.

Lewis Ashker, who was convicted in 1986 of murdering Jerry Plihal, attended a court proceeding Wednesday at the Douglas County Courthouse in Armour. Judge Bruce Anderson presided and Deputy Attorney General Bob Mayer participated telephonically.

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