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USA | States Continue to Oppose DNA Testing in Death Penalty Appeals, Attorneys Ask Why Don’t They Want to Learn the Truth?

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The last 3 men scheduled for execution in Georgia said they did not commit the killing and that DNA testing that was not available at the time of trial could prove it. In 2 of the cases, victim family members supported the request for testing. Prosecutors opposed the requests, and the courts refused to allow the testing. 2 of the 3 men were executed, with doubts still swirling as to their guilt.
Shawn Nolan, a federal defender who represented Georgia prisoner Ray “Jeff” Cromartie, summed up the sentiments of the prisoners, families, and defense attorneys in these cases. “I’d like to know what the state is so scared of,” he said. “Why are they afraid of the truth? This is sad and so disturbing.”
“We have the capability of testing a wide range of forensic evidence that we couldn’t test in the past,” said Death Penalty Information Center Executive Director Robert Dunham. “It is a powerful tool to get to the truth and to get important answers as to whether the criminal legal system has b…

Texas: Tracy Beatty wins stay of execution

Tracy Beatty
Tracy Beatty
(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - A Smith County man who killed his 62-year-old mother, buried her in the backyard and used her credit cards and drained her bank accounts was set to be executed Thursday, but received a stay of execution Tuesday afternoon.

Tracy Beatty, 54, was convicted of kiling his mother Carolyn Ruth Clark in December 2003.

Evidence showed Beatty drained his mother's bank accounts, stole her car and used the money to buy drugs after he buried her body in the back yard.

"He had been to the penitentiary and was out at one point in time, then he brutally assaulted her, his parole was revoked, and he was sent back to the penitentiary," Smith County Sheriff's Major Mike Lusk said at the time. "We have some indication that was part of his motive."

On Tuesday the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the stay. 

There was no indication as to why the court granted the stay.

Source: CBS19TV, August 11, 2015

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