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N.H. Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal in 1971 Murder Case

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Robert Breest, on trial for the murder of Manchester teen Susie Randall in 1973, smokes a cigarette during a jury view at the bridge on Interstate 93 in Concord where Breest was accused of having dropped Randallâ??s body onto the frozen Merrimack River.";s

New Hampshire's highest court says it will hear the appeal of a man convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman more than four decades ago.

Robert Breest has denied beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially nude body onto the frozen Merrimack River in Concord in February 1971. Now 77, Breest has twice been denied parole because he refuses to admit to the crime and take part in sex offender treatment. Instead, he has tried to clear his name through DNA testing.

Breest's lawyers say new DNA test results could lead to reasonable doubt in at least one juror, meaning Breest could be found not guilty at a new trial.

Breest appealed a lower court ruling that denied his bid for a new trial. The state Supreme Court said Tuesday it will hear the appeal.

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