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DNA fails to exclude convicted Oklahoma killer from crime

The Associated Press - October 31, 2018 1:05 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A DNA test funded by attorneys for an Oklahoma death row inmate who was featured on the ABC-TV documentary series “The Last Defense” found his DNA matches that found on key evidence.

Julius Jones was sentenced to die in the July 1999 slaying of Paul Howell.

Testing of a bandanna believed worn by the person who killed the Edmond insurance executive in front of his 7- and 9-year-old daughters found DNA matching the 38-year-old Jones. The test largely excluded a co-defendant whom the defense has blamed in the killing.

Federal public defender Dale Baich said the report also notes the DNA is consistent with a mixture of three or more people and the co-defendant was only excluded as a “major” contributor.

Baich says he believes Jones will be vindicated.

 

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