Saturday, September 8, 2012

Bulletin: Texas; Richard Kussmaul, James Pitts Jr, Michael Shelton, and James Long. New DNA testing approved for 1992 murder;

STORY: "New DNA testing approved for 1992 murder and sexual assault trial," by reporter Adam Shear, published by News Channel 25 on August 31, 2012.

GIST: "New DNA testing was approved for four men who were sentenced in 1994 for raping a teenage girl and then murdering her and a friend. Four guilty pleas in 1994 found that in 1992 Richard Bryan Kussmaul murdered 17-year-old Leslie Murphy and 14-year-old Steven Neighbors with a high powered assault rifle near Moody, TX.........Despite all four men pleading guilty initially, they now say they are innocent and the defense attorneys believes the advanced DNA testing that Judge George Allen approved Friday will prove that.........The defense also said the men all claim they were told in 1994 that they could either get the death penalty if they went to trial or plea guilty and receive probation for the crime. According to the defense, the threat of the death penalty, lead the men to accept the plea, despite knowing they were innocent. The defense attorneys argued that DNA testing in 1994 was not comparable to today's testing technology."

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