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Resource ID: #14305
Subject: Crime
Source: KOMO-TV (Seattle)
Date: 1997-03-17



"Susan Cummings was 16 years old when her elderly neighbor was raped, robbed and murdered. Two years later, she was arrested and charged with masterminding the crime. There was no physical evidence against her but the mere fact that she was friends with the victim, and her parents and siblings were in and out of trouble convinced the police Susan was guilty. ... Throughout this process Susan was offered deals. If she would accuse others -- her charges would be reduced. She refused - claiming she was innocent. Two other teens testified against Susan. Both cut deals - immunity for one and a lighter charge for the other. Based on their testimony alone Susan was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole...."

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