Kirstin Blaise Lobato is getting a new hearing after her murder conviction went viral. The Las Vegas woman has been in prison since 2001 for allegedly killing a homeless man and cutting off his penis. She maintains her innocence.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nevada Supreme Court has ordered a hearing based upon new evidence for Lobato who was convicted of murdering Duran Bailey in July 2001. Bailey was a homeless man who allegedly traded sex for drugs. Lobato, who was 19 at the time of the crime, did confess to cutting off a man's penis but she maintains that it was in reference to a different crime. "I didn't think anyone would miss him," she said about a man she attacked after he allegedly tried to rape her. The teen said that incident happened six weeks before the death of Bailey. Wow.
The judge did not allow testimony about this alleged assault to be heard. There was no physical evidence linking Lobato to the murder, and the case largely rested on her questionable confession.
Lobato was tried and re-tried. Eventually, she was sentenced to 13 years to 45 years in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter in 2006.
In addition to the faulty confession, her supporters claim that Lobato was nowhere near the crime scene during the murder and they want DNA evidence to be tested. Lobato's friend, Michelle Ravell, began circulating support for her online and more than 225,000 people worldwide have joined her cause, including the Innocence Project.
Lobato is currently at the Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center in Las Vegas.