Jesse Timmendequas, of Hamilton, New Jersey, lured 7-year-old Megan Kanka into his home back in 1994, promising to show her a puppy. He sexually assaulted and strangled her, then dumped her body in a park. At the time, he was already a convicted sex offender.
Timmendequas was convicted in 1997, and has been in prison ever since. Because of his crime, New Jersey and many other states passed “Megan’s Laws,” mandating that communities be notified about sex offenders living in their neighborhoods.
Timmendequas has filed appeals, claiming that his defense lawyers were ineffective. The New Jersey appeals court ruled yesterday that he can pursue his claims, although the court did not agree that Timmendequas’ conviction should be overturned.
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A prior article said that the counsel was ineffective because they did not offer proof of Timmendequas’ mental retardation.