Thursday, May 11, 2006

Jerry Conner's execution in North Carolina put on hold

The North Carolina Supreme Court has stayed Friday's scheduled execution of Jerry Conner. Supreme Court ruled he deserved a new DNA test that could back up his claim of innocence. From the Guardian:
Defense lawyers argued for a new DNA test, saying current procedures are better than those available at the time of trial. The defense also has pointed to another man seen near the store the night of the slayings as a possible suspect.

"As we have said from the beginning, we believe that a DNA test is the only way that the state of North Carolina can be confident that the right person is being punished for these crimes,'' said defense lawyer Mark Kleinschmidt.
[David is, unfortunately, working on a super-duper top secret project that is consuming almost all of his waking moments and has been, understandably, unavailable for the last few days. A few of us "second lights" will be pinch-hitting until David returns. Any errors, blunders, typos, mistakes are all our fault, and not those of David.]

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