A Belleville man serving 100 years for the 1998 suffocation death of his 3-year-old daughter is asking for DNA testing on evidence he says will point to his former girlfriend as the girl's killer. Barton McNeil was convicted in 1999 in the death of Christina McNeil. Her body was found by police called to the McNeil home. In a motion filed in McLean County Circuit Court, McNeil's lawyers seek testing on blood and urine stains found on a bed sheet, a fingerprint from the child's bedroom window, and items of her clothing. McNeil has contended Misook Nowlin killed the child in retaliation for McNeil's decision to end a relationship with her. Nowlin was convicted last year of killing her mother-in-law, Linda Tyda, shortly after Nowlin and her husband discussed divorce.
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