An Innocent Man Might Be Executed In Texas This Week
Lawyers want DNA testing of evidence that’s been sitting, untested, for years, that might exonerate Hank Skinner for three murders.
Among the items found next to the body of Twila Busby in 1993 was a windbreaker, spattered with blood, stained with sweat, and with two human hairs attached. Busby had been raped and bludgeoned to death in the home she shared with her boyfriend and her two grown sons, who were also killed, in the Texas Panhandle town of Pampa. Also found in the house were two knives, one of which was a likely murder weapon, and a bloody towel…
Skinner was convicted of the murders in 1995 and sentenced to die. Last year, he came within less than an hour of execution before the US Supreme Court intervened. Now 49, he has consistently and vehemently denied any role in the grisly killings—and, he maintains, the bloody pile of evidence found at the scene should prove his innocence. Nevertheless, unless the state’s highest criminal court or Governor Rick Perry put a stop to it (or unless the US Supreme Court intervenes), Skinner may be executed on November 9, without the state ever knowing for sure if it is punishing the right man.Click here for reuse options!
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