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Cook County prosecutors seek new trial in 1996 fatal arson

Cook County prosecutors say a man convicted in 1996 of a fire that killed two people should get a new trial because advances in science have invalidated previous evidence.

Adam Gray is serving a mandatory sentence of life without parole, the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/29yysLH ) reported. Prosecutors from Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's Conviction Integrity Unit suggested a new trial for him in recently filed court papers.

Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for Alvarez, cited advancements in fire science as the decision to agree to a new trial even though the evidence collected by Gray's attorneys is essentially unchanged since prosecutors opposed a new trial a...