Allen, who lived in University City, didn't own a car. In order to kill Bell, he would have had to walk several miles in almost twenty inches of snow. A neighbor testified that at around 10 a.m. on the morning of the murder, she heard angry male and female voices come from Bell's apartment. She assumed it was Bell and Russell Watters...At the first trial, which began in April 1983, [Allen's attorney] Doug Levine argued, "I submit to you that it was consensual sexual intercourse to start, and I submit to you that she wouldn't have opened the door to let just anybody back in. She would have let Russell [Watters] back in. And I submit to you that they had consensual sex, and that something went crazy, something caused the argument that the lady next door heard, and then it was all over."Allen, a diagnosed schizophrenic, has long professed his innocence. However, he did initially confess to the crime -- following a grueling police interrogation in which Allen was intoxicated throughout parts of the questioning. At today's hearing in Cole County Circuit Court, Allen's legal team is expected to present exculpatory DNA evidence, as well as newly discovered serology evidence that only adds to the mystery.
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