Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bulletin: Hank Skinner; Items for DNA testing to be handed over to lab Thursday 5 July; He says they will clear him. Houston Chronicle.

STORY: "State to get DNA evidence for DNA testing," by reporter Allan Turner, published in the Houston Chronicle on July 4, 2012.

GIST: "In a case that has become an international anti-death penalty cause célèbre, Skinner since 2001 has battled to obtain DNA testing of items he believes will clear him of the Pampa killings of Twila Busby and her sons, Randy and Elwin.........The items are to be turned over to Texas Department of Public Safety lab technicians on Thursday. "This nightmare is almost over," Skinner said in a recent death-row interview. "I'm looking forward to the day I can leave. I'll either leave with a few boxes under my arm or in a box. I've already spent 18 years in hell. The state's seeming capitulation appeared a breakthrough for Skinner, who has orchestrated a "Free Skinner" campaign through frequent prison cell pronouncements and postings on his website, "Hell Hole News." Even as Skinner's lawyers and supporters breathed a sigh of relief, though, it once again appeared the victory may only be partial. State lawyers admit that, after a thorough search, they cannot find the windbreaker, which Skinner attorney Rob Owen called a key piece of evidence."

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