Arkansas court denies death row inmate’s bid for DNA testing

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a death row inmate who was spared from execution two years ago is…

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a death row inmate who was spared from execution two years ago is not entitled to new DNA testing of evidence that his attorneys say could exonerate him.

In a 5-2 ruling, justices upheld a lower court ruling denying convicted murderer Stacey Johnson’s request for additional testing of evidence from the 1993 killing of Carol Heath.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said the ruling clears the way for Johnson’s execution. A date has not been set and Arkansas currently doesn’t have any lethal injection drugs.

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