Handwriting, buccal swab samples sought in Lisa Ziegert murder case

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The man accused of murdering Agawam schoolteacher’s aid Lisa Ziegert more than 25 years ago was in Hampden Superior Court Tuesday morning.

A grand jury indicted Gary Schara last September on charges of murder, aggravated rape, and kidnapping in connection with Ziegert’s killing.

Her parents were in court Tuesday, where prosecutors announced they are seeking a handwriting and buccal swab sample from Schara. He’s now due back in court on November 15.

Ziegert was abducted while working at her second job at an Agawam card shop in 1992. Her body was found in Agawam four days later, just a few miles away.

Enhanced DNA technology and a tip led to Schara’s arrest last fall. Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Schara had written a document in which he admitted to killing Ziegert. 

Schara is also scheduled to be in court on April 17, 2019 for a pre-trial conference. 

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