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Status hearing set for Racine man claiming innocence in '95 sexual assault

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - A status hearing is set for Monday in the court case of a 65-year-old Racine man who's in prison for a sexual assault in 1995.

The Wisconsin Innocence Project at UW-Madison has asked for a new trial for Daniel Scheidell. He was one of two men charged in sexual assaults that occurred within 5 weeks of each other, about six blocks apart in the same Racine neighborhood.

Scheidell was sentenced to 25 years in prison for one of the incidents. 44-year-old Joseph Stephen was charged just last month for the other attack.

The Innocence Project says there's DNA evidence that Stephen committed both crimes, and they occurred in a similar manner.

Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete says there's no DNA evidence in the Scheidell case -- and during his trial, the victim said she knew Scheidell, and that he was her attacker.

However, Carrie Sperling of the Innocence Project said the jury did not know about recent evidence showing that Stephen had apparently assaulted the second woman in a similar manner to the first.

Sperling said Scheidell has been eligible for 5 years to be let go from prison -- but he won't admit guilt and enter treatment, and that's why he's not being freed.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)