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DAVENPORT, IA – It's a case in the Quad Cities that has been overturned over and over again. Stanley Liggins was convicted twice and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Jennifer Lewis. Another pretrial was held Friday.

In 1990, nine-year-old Jennifer Lewis was found dead behind Jefferson Elementary School in Davenport. It was days before her 10th birthday when she was kidnapped from her Rock Island neighborhood and murdered. She was raped, strangled, and set on fire. Jennifer was buried with her Cabbage Patch Doll, what would have been her birthday gift.

Police arrested Stanley Liggins for first-degree murder. He was found guilty in 1993. That verdict was overturned one year later and he was retried and convicted in 1995.

Last November, the decision was once again overturned by a claim of unfair trial.

Friday afternoon, the judge set a new trial date for Stanley Liggins on October 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. with a pretrial conference on October 22, 2014.

The judge also says two motions have been filed. Mike Walton, Scott County Attorney, confirms that the first defense motion is to produce and the second is motion in limine. The hearing for the motions are set for June 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Mary Maxwell-Rockwell, the godmother of Jennifer Lewis, was at the trial today. While she had no comment, she walked out of the pretrial in tears.

Stanley Liggins attended the pretrial through a video feed from Scott County Jail.

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