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.
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.
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