Sorrow spreads after conviction overturned

An overturned conviction in the murder of White Plains resident Lindsay Bonistall struck a deep chord with a local family that has endured a similar travail. James Cooke, of Delaware, was found guilty

News 12 Staff

Jul 23, 2009, 4:23 PM

Updated 5,414 days ago

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Sorrow spreads after conviction overturned
An overturned conviction in the murder of White Plains resident Lindsay Bonistall struck a deep chord with a local family that has endured a similar travail.
James Cooke, of Delaware, was found guilty in 2007 in the rape and murder of Bonistall, but the conviction was overturned Tuesday and a new trial was ordered. Cooke had been sentenced to death.
The Raver family, of Yorktown Heights, lost their daughter, Rachel Raver, in 1988. Raver was raped and killed in Virginia and the man convicted in her murder was later taken off death row because of a technicality.
The Ravers say they'll return to a Virginia courtroom in September as the penalty phase begins anew for Rachel's killer.


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