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Hawaii man jailed for 1991 murder, rape released

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A judge on Tuesday ordered the man’s release immediately after his lawyers presented new evidence arguing that he did not commit the crimes for which he was convicted and spent more than 20 years in prison: a 1991 murder, kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman. visiting Hawaii. Albert “Ian” Schweitzer, who was sentenced to 130 years in prison in 2000, should be “released immediately,” Judge Peter Kubota ruled. A petition filed late Monday outlined more evidence of one of Hawaii’s largest murders, which took place on Christmas Day 1991 on Hawaii Island, commonly known as the Big Island.

Dana Ireland, 23, was found barely alive in bushes along a fishing trail in Pune, a remote part of the Big Island. She was sexually assaulted and beaten and later died at Hilo Medical Center. The broken bike she was riding was found several miles away and appeared to have been hit by a vehicle.

The murder of a blond-haired, blue-eyed visitor from Virginia gained national attention and remained unsolved for years, putting intense pressure on police to find the killer. Schweitzer was the last of the three Native Hawaiian men convicted of her murder to remain behind bars.

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