12 / 12 / 2019
  - 09:23:51 AM
DNA Frees Man After 35yrs In Prison

By MyFM's Rick Michaels - After receiving results from additional DNA testing, Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early yesterday ordered that charges against a Taunton man convicted of murder in Milford, be dropped in the interest of justice. Gary Cifizzari had been charged with the 1979 murder of Concetta Schiappa in Milford and convicted in 1984. His conviction was affirmed by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1986. However, in 2017 the Innocence Project filed a motion for post-conviction DNA testing, which the District Attorney’s office worked with them to complete. At that time, the victim’s nightgown was the only piece of evidence tested and the results excluded Cifizzari. The DNA on the nightgown was uploaded into the Combined DNA system (CODIS) and found to be a match for Michael Giroux identifying him as the killer Giroux has since passed away. The District Attorney’s office expedited additional DNA testing on several other items of evidence. The second round of testing identified DNA from Mr. Giroux on one additional item and several other items came back inconclusive. No additional DNA testing linked Mr. Cifizzari to the crime. The results from the additional testing were received late Monday afternoon and yesterday the District Attorney’s Office announcing this is no longer a viable case to prosecute. DA Early thanked his prosecutors for their hard work on this case the conviction was obtained using bite mark evidence and one of the experts who testified at trial has since recanted his testimony.

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