Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hank Skinner: Reporter Jordan Smith of the Austin Chronicle asks whether DNA testing proves his guilt - and concludes "that depends who you ask." The paper has played an active role in attempting to locate potentially crucial evidence: a missing jacket. (Must Read. HL);

STORY: "Does DNA testing prove Skinner's guilt? That depends on whom you ask," by reporter Jordan Smith, published by the Austin Chronicle on February 6, 2014.

GIST: "Since the first round of testing was completed in late 2012, the state has insisted that the results bolster its case against Skinner. His DNA was found on a knife the state believes was used in the crime, as well as on doorknobs, walls, a comforter, and a tennis shoe. The results "confirm" that Skinner is guilty, the state argues – a position it maintained during this week's hearing. Skinner's defense has countered that there is nothing definitive to link Skinner to the crime – and the absence of evidence in key places is telling, argues defense attorney Rob Owen with the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law. Skinner's DNA is alone on a stain near where Randy Busby was stabbed; had Skinner stabbed the 20-year-old, as the state alleges, the DNA found on his comforter should have revealed a mixture of DNA evidence. The same logic applies to DNA found on doorknobs and other areas where only Skinner's DNA was recovered, his lawyers argue. Additionally, DNA testing has revealed the profile of an unknown person mixed with Busby's on a bloody dish towel hidden in a plastic bag at the crime scene. Also significant to the defense are several hairs found clutched in Busby's hand. Those hairs do not match Skinner. DNA testing on the hairs revealed the profile of an unknown person with a maternal relationship to Busby, but a visual analysis of the hairs found them to be dissimilar to hair from Busby or her two sons. Skinner's defense team believes the hair belongs to Busby's uncle, Robert Donnell, who they say is likely the real murderer. Donnell was seen "stalking" Busby at a party the night she was murdered and he left the party shortly after she did. He has since died..........At this juncture, the question before the court is not whether Skinner is in fact innocent, but whether it is reasonably likely he would have been acquitted if the DNA testing had been completed and the results provided to his jury."

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