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Photos: Looking back at Laurie 'Bambi' Bembenek's murder conviction

Photos: Looking back at Laurie 'Bambi' Bembenek's murder conviction

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Could one of Wisconsin's most famous convicted killers finally be granted a pardon nearly nine years after her death? The lawyer for the late Laurie "Bambi" Bembenek, a former Playboy Club bunny and Milwaukee police officer, is appealing to Gov. Tony Evers to grant her a posthumous pardon. Bembenek was convicted in 1982 of killing her husband's ex-wife after complaining about the alimony he had to pay. But she always maintained her innocence, and her lawyer says that new ballistics and DNA evidence prove it. Bembenek's case was well-known nationally after she escaped prison and fled to Canada, inspiring the slogan "Run, Bambi, Run," and a movie about her life. In 1992, she reached a plea deal with prosecutors, who set aside her conviction and allowed her to plead no contest to a lesser charge so she could get out of prison and be put on probation. But Bembenek always wanted to be cleared fully in the homicide up until the time of her death in 2010. Here's a look at how the case unfolded over the years.


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The attorney for Laurie “Bambi” Bembenek, Wisconsin’s most famous runaway fugitive, who insisted until her death in 2010 that she did not kill her husband’s ex-wife, hopes Gov. Tony Evers will finally clear her name with a posthumous pardon she unsuccessfully sought for decades.

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