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Judge overturns murder sentence in ex-girlfriend's death

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TAMA COUNTY (KWWL) -

A man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend 17 years ago will get a new trial.  Tait Purk was found guilty this May of first degree murder charges.

Police say he killed 23-year-old Cora Okonski in Tama County back in April of 2000.  Purk told police he gave Okonski money to buy cigarettes, but she never returned. He then reported her missing two days later. 

A judge overturned his ruling, pointing to a lack of evidence.  He was supposed to be sentenced on Friday.

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