Pervis Payne: DNA testing granted in 1987 double murder case

Pervis Payne: DNA testing granted in 1987 double murder case
Pervis Payne, 53, is pictured in an undated photo taken inside Tennessee's Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. Payne's attorneys are seeking to halt his Dec. 3, 2020, execution in the 1987 murders of Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie Jo, on the basis of Payne's alleged intellectual disabilities. They also seek DNA testing on evidence from the crime scene. (PervisPayne.org)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A judge has granted expedited DNA testing for Pervis Payne, a man accused of a brutal double murder.

Payne, 53, is scheduled to be executed Dec. 3 for the June 27, 1987 stabbing deaths of Charisse Christopher, 28, and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie Jo, in their Millington home.

Payne has maintained his innocence in the murders.

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Payne’s attorneys previously filed a federal petition to halt his execution based on evidence he is intellectually disabled.

30th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Paula Skahan granted the request for expedited DNA testing Wednesday morning.