Police link dead ex-con to '10 Ohio church slaying

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities have cleared a man charged with murdering an 80-year-old woman in a church parking lot because new evidence implicated an ex-convict whose slaying last year remains unsolved.

Mahoning County prosecutor Paul Gains announced the decision Thursday and said a palm print found at the 2010 crime scene where Angeline Fimognari was killed doesn't match that of 20-year-old Jamar Houser, of Youngstown, who had been charged in her death.

Authorities believe the print was left by the killer as he reached into the car to steal her purse.

Fimognari was shot in the head while in the parking lot of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Youngstown in January 2010 after attending Mass. Her death focused attention on crime issues in a neighborhood pockmarked with vacant and boarded-up homes.

Gains said two witnesses came forward on April 24 saying Duane Colvin, of Youngstown, had confessed to the murder. The 32-year-old Colvin was killed in September, and the case remains unsolved.

Colvin's body was exhumed May 17 and the palm print on the car matched Colvin.

"The police department and this office recognize that we have a duty to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent," Gains said. "At this time there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Mr. Houser."

Houser still faces felony charges in a shooting unrelated to the Fimognari case, Gains said.