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Jun 16, 2010

DNA Evidence Could Show If Texas Executed an Innocent Man

Texas Judge Paul C. Murphy recent­ly ordered pros­e­cu­tors to hand over key evi­dence from a 1989 mur­der case to the Innocence Project and the Texas Observer for DNA test­ing. In 2007, the Innocence Project and the Observer filed suit to obtain a one-inch strand of hair that alleged­ly impli­cat­ed Claude Howard Jones (pic­tured) in the killing of a liquor store own­er in San Jacinto County. Other than vague eye­wit­ness accounts and ques­tion­able tes­ti­mo­ny from Jones’s two friends who were also at the scene of the crime (one of whom later…