Letter seeks DNA tests before Texas execution

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Posted: Oct 27, 2011 4:27 PM
Letter seeks DNA tests before Texas execution

Current and former prosecutors and lawmakers are asking Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other state officials to delay an upcoming execution so DNA evidence in the case can be tested.

Hank Skinner is to be executed Nov. 9 for the 1993 deaths of his girlfriend and her two sons. His lawyers have asked state and federal courts to order the tests they contend will clear him.

Prosecutors have called the requests merely an attempt to delay the 49-year-old's execution.

Officials including former Texas Gov. Mark White on Thursday sent a letter to Perry, state Attorney General Greg Abbott and prosecutors asking them to allow the testing.

Perry's office referred comment to prosecutors, calling it "a matter pending before the courts." Abbott's office didn't have any immediate comment on the letter.