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11:16 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Will DNA Evidence Clear Texas Death Row Inmate?

   Attorneys for a man on death row in Texas and the state have filed briefs to a judge who will rule whether to topple his death sentence.

Hank Skinner's defense team asked the judge to rule it is "reasonably probable" he would have been acquitted in the 1993 triple slayings of a Pampa family if jurors had heard testimony about DNA evidence gathered at the crime scene.

Attorneys for the state argued in their findings filed Friday that much DNA evidence points solely to Skinner as the killer of his girlfriend and her two sons.

The judge will review the sides' findings before issuing his own findings.

Skinner, 52, came within only 20 minutes of execution in 2010 before a stay was issued.

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Information from: Amarillo Globe-News, http://www.amarillo.com

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