"Hank Skinner wins hearing on DNA evidence," is the Amarillo Globe-News report by Russell Anglin and Jim McBride.
An evidentiary hearing in the Hank Skinner case has been scheduled for Feb. 3 and 4 in 31st District Court, Texas Attorney General’s Office spokesman Tom Kelley said Thursday.
The hearing will focus on whether it is “reasonably probable” that Skinner would have been acquitted if all DNA evidence in the case had been presented at his 1995 trial, according to court records.
The hearing concerns DNA evidence that Skinner told the Texas Tribune will show someone else likely committed a 1993 triple murder.
In November 2011, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted Skinner’s execution for the third time since 1995 to consider how changes to the state’s post-conviction DNA law would affect his requests for testing. Prosecutors agreed in June 2012 to allow the testing, and lawyers received tests results Aug. 6 from four hairs found on Busby’s hands.
“In light of this latest round of DNA tests, supported by other exculpatory evidence, the doubts about Mr. Skinner’s guilt are far too substantial to allow his execution to proceed,” Douglas Robinson, an attorney for Skinner, wrote in an email to the Texas Tribune.
Earlier coverage of Hank Skinner's case begins at the link.