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Group seeks new trial for 1995 sex-assault convict

Posted on Sunday, August 3, 2014 -- 2:13 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Innocence Project is seeking a new trial for a Racine man serving 25 years in prison after he was convicted of a 1995 sexual assault.

A Journal Times of Racine report ( says there'd been a similar assault in the area five weeks later. The group believes the man charged in that case committed both crimes.

The group wants a new trial for 65-year-old Daniel Scheidell.

The Innocence Project says DNA from the second attack matches 44-year-old Joseph M. Stephen. It also says the two assaults were nearly identical -- the victims were both single white women, each awoken at 5 a.m. by a knife-wielding attacker straddling her in bed.

A status hearing in Scheidell's case is set for Monday.

A message left Sunday with Stephen's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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