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Murder suspect ordered by judge to provide footprints

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Posted at 1:11 PM, Aug 19, 2022

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Joseph Zieler, the man accused of the 1990 slayings of 11-year-old Robin Cornell and babysitter Lisa Story, was ordered by a judge this week to provide footprints as evidence.

Those prints will then be analyzed and compared by a forensic analyst to prints taken at the crime scene.

The state's order, filed Aug. 3., states "there is probable cause to believe [Zieler] committed the crimes charged and the procedure requested will provide relevant evidence."

Zieler previously sent an offer letter to Judge Robert Branning in mid-July asking for a full DNA retesting of evidence collected in the case.

He has filed a plethora of motions since September 2021, including one to represent himself in court, which was denied.

Zieler is charged with burglary, sexual battery, and first-degree homicide.

His trial is due to begin Oct. 6.