Experts: New DNA evidence could exonerate men in 2002 murder

March 1, 2018

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Experts say DNA evidence could exonerate some men convicted in the 2002 slaying of a woman in West Virginia.

The Herald-Dispatch reports attorneys for Justin Keith Black and brothers Nathaniel and Phillip Scott Barnett filed requests seeking a new trial in the death of 21-year-old Deanna L. Crawford.

Attorneys with the Exoneration Project and West Virginia Innocence Project say results of DNA test ordered two years ago tie another man to the death. Attorneys say the unnamed man is incarcerated in Ohio, has a history of pedophilia and abuse and isn’t connected to those convicted. He denies knowing Crawford.

Investigators previously said they believe Crawford was killed after a party at Black’s house. Defense attorneys say DNA evidence undermines the confession of Brian Emerson Dement, who testified against his co-defendants.


Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com

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