Marlita Greve

Liggins Sentenced to Life

May 30, 2019

Stanley Liggins was sentenced to life in prison Thursday afternoon, nearly 29 years after Jennifer Lewis' burning body was found at a school playground in Davenport. 

The prosecution has won the latest round in the long-running murder case against Stanley Liggins. Thursday the judge denied several defense motions, including one to postpone the next trial, and ruled his fourth trial will begin next week, as scheduled.

The next trial for Stanley Liggins is now set for early next year. Thursday Judge Marlita Greve scheduled his 4th murder trial for March, in Waterloo.

On Midwest Week, Stanley Liggins' third trial for the murder of a 9 year old girl ended in a mis-trial.

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Testimony is over, and the murder trial of Stanley Liggins will soon go to the jury. Tuesday afternoon in Waterloo, the defense called its final witnesses, then announced the defendant would not testify.


The next trial for Stanley Liggins will be held in two months. This week, a Scott County judge denied several motions to delay his third trial for murder, and suppress some evidence, and set the date for August 28th.

7th Judicial District

The chief judge of Iowa's Seventh Judicial District will serve another term. Thursday the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court announced appointments for each of the eight districts, including the re-appointment of Marlita Greve.

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On Midwest Week, the motions have been heard and ruled on, so now Stanley Liggins can be tried for the third time for murder. 

Liggins Trial Moving

Feb 24, 2017
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The next re-trial of Stanley Liggins will not be held in the Quad Cities, instead it will be moved to Waterloo, in Black Hawk County. That was the decision Friday from District Court Judge Marlita Greve, granting the change of venue motion (see ruling below).