Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hank Skinner (1); : Alarming discovery: Key evidence for DNA testing has gone missing; Reporter Jordan Smith; Austin Chronicle.

STORY: "Evidence missing in Skinner case: Key evidence missing and no one knows why," by reporter Jordan Smith, published in the Austin Chronicle on June 13, 2012.

GIST: "Just two weeks after the state announced it would drop its opposition to the post-conviction DNA testing of evidence in the capital murder case that sent Hank Skinner to death row, comes news that at least one piece of evidence Skinner has been seeking access to for testing has been lost. Among the key pieces of evidence never before tested, and that Skinner has sought access to for more than a decade, is a blood- and sweat-stained windbreaker found near the body of his girlfriend Twila Busby. The windbreaker is now apparently missing. "We are pleased to have reached an agreement that finally secures DNA testing in this case, but there remains reason for grave concern," Skinner's attorney Rob Owen said in a press statement. "According to the State, every other piece of evidence in this case has been preserved. It is difficult to understand how the State has managed to maintain custody of items as small as fingernail clippings, while apparently losing something as large as a man's windbreaker. To date, the State has offered no explanation for its failure to safeguard the evidence in this case."

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