GREEN BAY – New DNA tests have been ordered in a brutal 2003 sexual assault and attempted homicide case.
Gregorio Morales and Juan Nieto were convicted of abducting a woman from a Green Bay nightclub, sexually assaulting her, setting her on fire and then leaving her for dead. Morales pleaded no contest to several charges and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Nieto maintained his innocence but was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 70 years in prison.
Nieto is now being assisted by the Wisconsin Innocence Project, which is a program at the University of Wisconsin law school.
Brown County prosecutors and the Wisconsin Innocence Project recently agreed to have several items tested, including samples taken from the victim and the T-shirt she was wearing at the time of the attack. The items will be compared with DNA profiles of the victim, Nieto, Morales, and another man.
The Wisconsin Innocence Project is paying for the lab tests.