Ex’s 1999 stabbing trial delayed by new evidence

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The trial of a West Virginia man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-wife in 1999 in her suburban Pittsburgh home has been delayed until November after prosecutors found newly discovered evidence — including an FBI profiler’s report suggesting someone else committed the crime — in local police files.

Allegheny County Deputy District Attorney Lisa Pellegrini told a judge Thursday she found the documents in a Bethel Park police file into the death of 29-year-old Melissa Groot.

Forty-five-year-old John Minch, of Cameron, W. Va. was arrested in April 2009 — but only after police say a hair found at the crime could match his DNA. The hair had been in storage for years before it was tested — and Minch argues that while it could match him, tests also show it could match millions of other men.

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