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Vt. judge orders new trial in 1994 slaying

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A Vermont judge has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of killing his wife in 1994, after newly analyzed DNA evidence raised questions in the case. John Grega, 50, formerly of Lake Grove, N.Y., on Long Island, was serving life without parole for the rape and murder of his wife Christine, 31, while they were vacationing at a West Dover condominium. Last month, his lawyers filed a motion to have his conviction thrown out, which potentially could have set him free. A hearing had been set for Friday. Now Judge John Wesley, in the criminal division of the Windham Superior Court, has agreed to vacate the conviction, but has ordered a new trial. Grega was expected to be freed on $75,000 bail late Wednesday afternoon. (AP)

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