Monday, July 16, 2012

Anthony Melendez: Texas; Questions remain 30 Years After grisly murders of teenagers; Obstacles in way of court ordered DNA tests; KWTX;

STORY: "Questions remain 30 years after grisly murders of three teenagers," published on KWTX on July 13, 2012.

GIST: "On the 30th anniversary of the grisly Lake Waco triple murders Friday, one local attorney is continuing his fight to clear the only living person connected to the killings. Walter M. "Skip" Reaves said Friday he is taking his fight to obtain DNA evidence from the 1982 murders to courts in California, where evidence from the crime scene was sent decades ago. Reaves is representing Anthony Melendez, 52, the last surviving defendant in the case, and has been fighting for 10 years to find a way to clear his client's name. On Jan. 6 a Waco district judge cleared the way for Reaves to proceed with an effort to have further DNA tests performed on evidence collected during the investigation of the slayings of three teenagers. Reaves and author Fredric Dannen arranged on their own for a private lab in California to do DNA testing, but that lab now refuses to allow them to transfer testing to another facility where different methods could produce better results........."

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