Billy Richard Glaze (July 13, 1943 – December 22, 2015), also known as Jesse Sitting Crow, was a convicted American serial killer whose guilt has come into question by the discovery of DNA evidence excluding Glaze and implicating another man.
Glaze was suspected of the murders of at least 50 women in multiple states.
He has boasted to police about having killed over 20 women, but in interviews has claimed he is innocent.
Glaze became a suspect in the 1986-87 murders of three Native-American women in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area after a waitress brought him to the attention of authorities. Information from a girlfriend led investigators to look for him in New Mexico. Glaze was arrested August 31, 1987 while driving under the influence of alcohol, for a violation of his parole from a Texas conviction for rape in 1974. The arresting officers found a bloody shirt, crowbar and nightstick in his truck. Hair samples from the crowbar were used to convict him of murder. He was convicted of three counts of first degree murder; he would be eligible for parole 52 years later. At sentencing he maintained his innocence. Glaze was housed in James T Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware. He died in prison shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, on December 22, 2015. He was in his early seventies.
DNA testing conducted by the Innocence Project in 2009 found that semen from one victim's rape kit didn't match Glaze, but instead matched another Minnesota man, a convicted rapist. Additional testing done in 2014 on a cigarette butt found near the body of a second victim came back as a match to the same man. In spite of testing dozens of pieces of evidence from the three crime scenes, none came back as a match to Glaze.
Glaze's attorneys have filed a motion for a new trial both based on the DNA testing results and questions about the reliability of eyewitnesses who testified at Glaze's original trial, one of whom has since recanted and another who has claimed to have witnessed more than 60 murders during his time in prison. In response to the filing by Glaze's attorneys, the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office are re-investigating the case.
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