2:25:58 AM PDT - Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Judge rules for DNA testing in Tennessee death penalty case  

By Editor - Wed Sep 16, 10:00 am

DNA tests on a knife and other evidence must be performed in the case of a Tennessee death row inmate facing execution in December for the stabbing deaths of a woman and her daughter 33 years ago, a judge ruled Wednesday. Shelby County Judge Paula Skahan ruled in favor of attorneys for Pervis Payne, who had filed a petition in July requesting DNA testing in the long-running case. Payne has always maintained his innocence in the 1987 stabbing deaths of Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie Jo.

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Judge rules for DNA testing in Tennessee death penalty case

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