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Woman convicted of brutal murder gets new hearing

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Kirstin Lobato is shown in an undated image. (File) Kirstin Lobato is shown in an undated image. (File)
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A woman who has claimed her innocence for 15 years will now have another day in court. Kirstin Blaise Lobato has sat at the Florence McClure female prison in North Las Vegas for the murder of Duran Bailey.

On July 8th, 2001 Bailey was found beaten to death in a trash enclosure across from what is now the Palms. Bailey was beaten with a baseball bat, his teeth were knocked out, and his genitals were cut off.  

Steve Moore, a retired FBI supervisor, said Lobato didn’t commit this crime.

“At the crime scene the body was covered by boxes and guess what was on those boxes, footprints, male footprints in the victims blood,” Moore said.

Stephen Jackson is also a supporter of Lobato, he questions if Lobato did indeed murder Bailey how she had no cuts or bruises following the attack.

“She’s either a person who can beat a man to death and leave no evidence at the crime scene, and come up with male DNA and happen to wear men’s shoes, or she didn’t do it,” Jackson said.

Beyond claims that there’s no physical evidence to tie her to the murder, Lobato supporters claim police failed to follow up on other viable suspects. They point to the fact a week prior to Duran Bailey’s murder a woman named Diann Parker was raped by Bailey. Parker also told police Bailey was going to kill her and asked for protection.

“I don’t know of a criminal investigation where a woman is raped and then that rape suspect is murdered and the police barely interview the boyfriend of the rape victim and the rape victim herself,” Jackson said.

So how was Kirstin Lobato convicted of this crime, not once but twice? Police used Lobato’s own words. According to Lobato, in May while she was living at the budget suites across town from where Bailey was found, she was sexually assaulted. Lobato told friends and her teacher she was able to pull out a knife and slash her attacker and get away. According to court documents, Lobato began talking about her sexual assault two months before Bailey’s body was found. Police however maintained the two events were the same.

Lobato appealed her conviction, but her initial court judge denied her appeal, so she appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court. Wednesday, the court ruled there was important evidence that must be re-looked at.

“The Nevada supreme court said you’ve been too hasty you didn’t do an in-depth look into whether or not her claims were valid. You need to do an in-depth look,” Jackson said.

One of the grounds of evidence has to do with Steven King, the boyfriend of Diann Parker. Parker passed away, but King is still alive and signed an affidavit in support of Lobato. King maintains Lobato had nothing to do with the murder and claims Parker’s friends killed Bailey to protect Parker.

The case will now go back to the court in Clark County. The judge could either rule against the Supreme Court, or rule in favor of Lobato. Lobato could possibly be found innocent by the judge, then the Clark County District Attorney would have to determine whether or not to continue charges. If the judge rules against the Supreme Court, then Lobato can appeal that ruling back again to the Nevada Supreme Court.

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