Kimberly Simon Task Force scaled back


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - It was six months ago this week that DNA set Steven Barnes free after spending nearly 20 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

Victim Kimberly Simon's parents are still in their prison, wondering if they will ever know who killed their daughter.

When Steven Barnes was first set free, calls came pouring daily into the Oneida County District Attorney's Office.

Back then, in December, five investigators were dedicated solely to the Kimberly Simon Task Force - and every one was needed to field and follow up on all those leads.

Now, it's been scaled back a bit - two investigators are still working full time on the case, but it's more a matter of more deeply exploring the leads they have; leads that have taken them out of state and around Oneida County.

Those investigators talk to Kimberly Simon's family on a weekly basis.

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