Stanley Liggins, 56, is charged with first-degree murder in the September 1990 death of 9-year-old Jennifer Lewis of Rock Island.

On Sept. 17, 1990, Lewis' body was discovered in Davenport. Prosecutors say she had been strangled, sexually abused, wrapped in a plastic garbage bag, doused with gasoline and set on fire.

Liggins, who knew Lewis’ mother and stepfather, was named as a suspect early in the case.

He was twice convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1993 and 1995. The Iowa Supreme Court overturned the first conviction, and on Nov. 6, 2013, the Iowa Court of Appeals reversed the second conviction.

His third trial has been moved from Scott County to Black Hawk County because of heavy pretrial publicity surrounding the case.

For those who haven't followed the case until now, here's all you need to know to catch up:

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