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BY ALFONSO A. CASTILLO
July 2, 2008
A newly discovered bloody knife imprint on the bedding of Martin Tankleff's slain mother may be the definitive piece of evidence of Tankleff's innocence, his attorneys said yesterday.
But somehow - for two decades - nobody apparently noticed it, state prosecutors said.
"Short of someone else's DNA under Arlene [Tankleff's] fingernails, it's hard to picture any more significant evidence," said one of Tankleff's lawyers, Bruce Barket of Garden City. "I don't know how you don't say that's the ball over the fence. ... Marty didn't commit this crime."
The discovery was among the biggest revelations in an 11-page motion filed Monday by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's chief trial attorney, Benjamin Rosenberg. Cuomo's office took over the case in January after Tankleff's 1990 conviction in the murders of his parents, Arlene and Seymour, was overturned in December.
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