MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The attorney for death row inmate Pervis Payne is trying to convince a judge that DNA testing could prove Payne’s innocence.
After hearing closing arguments during a court hearing Tuesday, the judge said she will have a written ruling in about two weeks.
Pastors, state and community leaders showed up to convince the judge that items are capable of being tested.
That hearing lasted for about six hours.
Payne’s attorney told a judge there is testable evidence in this case.
The assistant district attorney argues there is no new evidence.
A jury convicted Payne of the 1987 murder of a white woman and her daughter in Millington.
Tuesday, we heard from several people, including investigators and attorneys with the Innocence Project.
That’s the group representing Payne.
Payne’s attorney said she’s withdrawing the request for DNA testing of sheets.
That’s because Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said back in July that evidence is from a separate murder.
Items Payne’s attorney does want to be tested include a knife, feminine products, a washcloth and eyeglasses.
Payne’s family was also in the courtroom Tuesday.
Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway was there too.
Back in July, DA Amy Weirich asked the court to deny the request for DNA testing.
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