Missouri store killing suspect linked to Tennessee murder

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Thirteen years after Sedley Alley was executed for a 1985 murder in Tennessee, his daughter is seeking DNA evidence testing of a Missouri murder suspect with ties to the same area.

Innocence Project co-founder Barry Scheck represents Alley’s daughter, April Sedley.

Scheck told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Missouri authorities say Thomas Bruce took an avionics course in Millington, Tennessee, around the time that Suzanne Collins, a 19-year-old Marine, was killed in Millington. Bruce matches a vague suspect description distributed by police.

Bruce is jailed in St. Louis County, accused of sexually assaulting two women and killing a third in a Catholic Supply store in November.

Scheck argued Monday that she should be allowed to petition for new DNA testing on behalf of her father’s estate.

Bruce’s attorney declined comment.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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