Report: Arkansas May Have Executed An Innocent Man

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The Associated Press reports that DNA testing from a 1993 murder in Arkansas has revealed genetic material from a man other than the inmate executed for the killing four years ago, according to two groups.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Innocence Project released summaries of the testing of evidence from the 1993 murder of Debra Reese. Ledell Lee, who was convicted of her murder, was one of four inmates executed by Arkansas in 2017.

The city of Jacksonville last year agreed to allow new tests on fingerprints and DNA evidence after the groups had sued.

The groups said the testing revealed DNA material from an unknown male other than Lee on the wooden club used to kill Reese and a bloody shirt that was wrapped around it. The groups said the DNA profile did not match any in a national database.

In addition, the groups said “five fingerprints that had been discovered at the crime scene in 1993 were run in a national database but remain unidentified,” the AP reported.

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