Today's Akron Beacon Journal reports, "Death row inmate Noling wins new DNA tests of cigarette evidence in 1990 double murder," by Ed Meyer.
Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow has ordered new DNA tests of potentially decisive crime scene evidence in the case of death row inmate Tyrone Noling.
Enlow’s ruling Thursday morning was a significant victory for Noling.
It moved the case forward on a defense assertion by the Ohio Innocence Project that he was not the killer in a 1990 double murder in Atwater Township, but Noling’s lawyers came prepared for a full evidentiary hearing on the evidence.
Four nationally recognized experts, in the fields of DNA testing, false confessions by state witnesses and cold-case criminal investigations, were waiting to testify but now must wait until the test results are revealed.
Enlow ordered the new DNA tests on a cigarette butt found in the driveway at the home of the elderly victims, Bearnhardt and Cora Hartig.
His order calls for the tests to be done by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Any positive results then will be sent to the FBI lab for comparison to the genetic profiles of known criminals in the agency’s computerized database — the Combined DNA Index System known as CODIS.
Earlier coverage of Tyrone Noling's case begins at the link.