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Jay E. Lentz was convicted of kidnapping and causing the death of his ex-wife, Doris Fay Lentz, who disappeared in late April 1996. (Family Photo)
Court Documents
 Appeal from U.S. District Court (PDF)
 Opinion on Dismissal of Lentz Case (PDF)
 Notice to Seek Death Penalty (PDF)
 Motion to Admit Statements by Doris Lentz (PDF)
 Defendant's Motion for Acquittal (PDF)
Lentz Granted New Trial
A federal appeals court ruled that jurors in Jay E. Lentz's trial viewed evidence that never was admitted, but dismissed an earlier judgment that the lead prosecutor planted it.

In the News
Lentz Case Sends Chill Through Federal Courthouse: In Alexandria, Spiraling Accusations of Planted Evidence in Murder Trial Spawn a Storm of Tension (Post, May 10, 2004)

Lentz Case Colored By Conflict in Court: Appeals Feature Judge vs. Prosecutor (Post, Feb. 8, 2004)

Lentz Prosecutor Volunteers For Probe on Banned Evidence (Post, Jan. 31, 2004)

Judge Accuses Lentz Prosecutor of Misconduct (Post, Jan. 30, 2004)

How Jury Got Banned Evidence Still Unknown: Federal Judge in Murder Case Remains Baffled After Contentious Hearing (Post, Nov. 6, 2003)

Crucial to the Crime (Post, Aug. 31, 2003)

The Lentz Verdict (Post, Aug. 2, 2003)

Evidence Ban Not Enforced, Lawyers Say: Jurors in Disappearance Case Saw Items Judge Ruled Out (Post, July 26, 2003)

Affidavit Speaks of How Jury Saw Barred Lentz Evidence (Post, Sept. 5, 2003)

Lentz Judge Seeks Probe Of Banned Evidence: Inadmissible Items Seen By Va. Kidnapping Jury (Post, Aug. 15, 2003)

Kidnap Case Attorneys Say U.S. Possessed Evidence (Post, Aug. 12, 2003)

Court Keeps Ex-Husband In Va. Jail: Judge Had Overturned Jury In Case of Missing Woman (Post, Aug. 1, 2003)

Court Blocks Lentz's Release (Post, July 31, 2003; 11:53 AM)

Judge Orders Man's Release: Prosecutors Prepare Appeal of Overturned Slaying Verdict (Post, July 30, 2003)

Judge's Image Aside, Dismissal a Surprise: Lee Seeks 'Honest Result' Lawyer Says (Post, July 24, 2003)

Jury's Verdict In Death Reversed: Judge Discounts Kidnapping Theory (Post, July 23, 2003)

Man Spared in Ex-Wife's Slaying: Jurors Say Daughter's Testimony Was Key to Life Sentence (Post, July 16, 2003)

Girl Pleads for Father's Life in Va. Slaying Trial (Post, July 15, 2003)

Ex-Husband Convicted of Killing Woman Who Vanished (Post, July 8, 2003)

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