Texas will finally test the DNA evidence in the Hank Skinner case
Texas' Attorney General's office has finally agreed to the DNA testing that death row inmate Hank Skinner says could prove his innocence. Skinner has been on death row since 1993.
He has come within one hour of execution - even though there are several key pieces of DNA evidence in his case that have never been tested. Skinner has spent ten years trying to get the testing, but the prosecutors always refused (even with Medill Innocence Project offering to cover the costs). And the Texas court agreed with the prosecutors, saying that DNA testing is not a constitutional right.
But the state has finally budged. Read more about the development in this article in the Texas Tribune.