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New Jersey man jailed for killing Megan of Megan's Law appealing conviction

The New Jersey man who was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing 7-year-old Megan Tanka in 1994 will be allowed to pursue claims of faulty representation in his kidnapping, sexual assault and murder trial and conviction. According to the Associated Press, Jesse Timmendequas wanted all his convictions to be overturned and to be released from prison, but a state appeals court did not agree that that should happen. A state judge will review his claims that he was inadequately represented during the 1997 trial.

According to the AP, Timmendequas had already served six years in prison for aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault on a child when he lured his neighbor, Megan Kanka, into his home where he sexually assaulted her and strangled her. He dumped her body in a park and later admitted his crimes to police. The crime led to the creation of Megan's Laws in New Jersey and around the country.

Timmendequas was living across the street from the Kankas with two other convicted sex offenders after his release from prison when the crime occurred. The enactment of Megan's Law requires neighbors to be notified when high-risk sex offenders move nearby.

Timmendequas is currently serving his life sentence with no possibility of parole at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton. He was originally given the death penalty for his crimes, with the condition that his sentence would be consecutive life sentences for murder and first-degree kidnapping if the death penalty was abolished in New Jersey.


Court: NJ Megan's Law killer can continue appeal (Associated Press)

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