MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Innocence Project has field a petition for DNA testing in the case of Pervis Payne, a man on death row in Tennessee.
According to a press release from the Project, Payne is facing execution Dec. 3, despite the fact he lives with an intellectual disability and has maintained his innocence over 30 years.
Payne has no prior criminal record.
According to the press release, Payne’s attorneys found “hidden” evidence that had never been tested for DNA.
The legal petition calls for DNA testing of the newly discovered evidence, which could help prove his innocence.
In June 1987, Payne was waiting for his girlfriend to return to her apartment in Millington, Tenn.
He discovered her neighbor and the neighbor’s children had been brutally attacked, according to the press release.
He was arrested that day, convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
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