Thursday, December 13, 2012

Anthony Melendez: After years of wrangling, Lake Waco murders DNA sent to lab. Waco Tribune..

STORY:   "After years of wrangling, Lake Waco murders DNA sent to lab," by reporter Cindy V. Culp, published in the Waco Tribune on December 12, 2012.

GIST:  DNA evidence that attorneys for Anthony Melendez hope will clear him of a 1982 crime known as  the Lake Waco triple murders finally has been released by a California laboratory and sent to Texas for further testing. The evidence arrived at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth on Wednesday and Thursday, Waco attorney Walter M. Reaves Jr. said. The deliveries ended a yearslong standoff between Melendez’s legal team and a pair of DNA scientists who first were hired more than a decade ago.  Anthony Melendez is the last of four defendants from the Lake Waco murders who is still alive. ........Four men were charged in the murders, which involved the brutal stabbing of three teenagers near Lake Waco. Melendez, 53, is the only one of the defendants still alive. Melendez pleaded guilty in exchange for two life sentences. But he has recanted, saying he pleaded guilty in order to escape the possibility of being put to death. One of the other defendants, David Wayne Spence, was executed. Reaves and a writer named Fredric Dannen think Melendez is innocent and have worked for more than a decade to exonerate him."

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