Buffalo, N.Y. (AP) A New York mother convicted of strangling her daughter has been cleared of the charges after forensic experts showed the 13-year-old died of a cocaine overdose.
Lynn Dejac spent 13 years behind bars because of the 1993 death. Last November, newly analyzed DNA evidence placed her former boyfriend in the girl's bedroom around the time she died.
Still, the prosecutor had planned to retry Dejac, saying that evidence didn't refute the circumstantial evidence that had led to her conviction.
A state supreme court judge dismissed her case when a review of rhe autopsy ruled out strangulation and showed an entirely different cause of death.
Dejac says she's grateful the charges have been dropped and says she's looking forward to getting on with her life. Her lawyer says Dejac also plans to sue.