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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's "Hang Him High" Execution Policy,inflicted on Hank Skinner,is A Crime Against Humanity !
The State of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent Hank Skinner to be executed without even allowing him proper DNA tests to verify Hanks non~guilt !
The U.S. Supreme Court stopped Greg Abbott & his Texas posse from wrongfully executing MR Skinner without allowing proper DNA tests to verify Hank Skinners non~guilt
Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court stopped Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's wrongful execution of Hank Skinner,Texas announced they have lost Hank's most crucial exoneration DNA evidence !
After Texas held onto the most crucial DNA crime scene exoneration evidence of Hank Skinners for 14 years without Testing it,Texas announces they lost it after being told by U.S. Supreme court to test it !
One would normally think Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbott would certainly order a state investigation to find the missing DNA evidence ?
Greg Abbott and his demonic posse obviously just decided on their own that they are above all our courts in the land and just simply destroyed Mr Skinners legal defense~DNA evidence !
"Hang Him High"
Death Penalty News
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Texas: Hank Skinner wins hearing on DNA evidence
An evidentiary hearing in the Hank Skinner case has been scheduled for Feb. 3 and 4 in 31st District Court, Texas Attorney General's Office spokesman Tom Kelley said Thursday.
The hearing will focus on whether it is "reasonably probable" that Skinner would have been acquitted if all DNA evidence in the case had been presented at his 1995 trial, according to court records.
The hearing concerns DNA evidence that Skinner told the Texas Tribune will show someone else likely committed a 1993 triple murder.
Kelley declined to comment further, but lawyers with the AG's office previously told the Texas Tribune that the results reinforce Skinner's guilt.
A Tarrant County jury in 1995 convicted Skinner of capital murder in the 1993 slayings of a Pampa woman and her two sons. Skinner later was sentenced to die for allegedly bludgeoning his girlfriend, Twila Jean Busby, 40, with an ax handle and then fatally stabbing her 2 mentally impaired sons - 22-year-old Elwin "Scooter" Caler and 20-year-old Randy Busby - at their house in Pampa on New Year's Eve that year.
In November 2011, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted Skinner's execution for the 3rd time since 1995 to consider how changes to the state's post-conviction DNA law would affect his requests for testing. Prosecutors agreed in June 2012 to allow the testing, and lawyers received tests results Aug. 6 from 4 hairs found on Busby's hands.
"In light of this latest round of DNA tests, supported by other exculpatory evidence, the doubts about Mr. Skinner's guilt are far too substantial to allow his execution to proceed," Douglas Robinson, an attorney for Skinner, wrote in an email to the Texas Tribune.
One of the hairs belonged to Skinner, which his lawyers said is unremarkable because he lived in the house where the killings occurred. The other 3 hairs came from the "maternally related line of persons that included the victims." A previous examination of those hairs indicated they weren't from the victims.
The testing on the hairs, Skinner's lawyers argue, aligns with their contention the killer was likely Busby's maternal uncle, who they allege had a history of violence and had been making unwanted sexual advances toward her the night of the crime.
A windbreaker resembling one Busby's now-deceased uncle regularly wore also was found at the crime scene, and he was seen scrubbing down his truck just days after the killings.
According to court records, DNA tests that will be the focus of the hearing have been completed, and 10 photographs of a windbreaker jacket found at the crime scene are expected to be entered into evidence, as are DNA testing results from the Department of Public Safety Laboratory and Bode Technologies, a Virginia forensic DNA testing laboratory.
Source: Texas Tribune, Dec. 18, 2013
Skinner attorneys: DNA points to uncle as the killer
An advisory submitted to the 31st District Court in Pampa and the Texas Attorney General’s office by convicted murderer Hank Skinner’s attorneys points to Robert Donnell, Twila Busby’s deceased uncle, as the real killer in the triple homicide that occurred on New Year’s Eve in 1993.
In the advisory, submitted in August, Skinner’s attorneys, Douglas Robinson and Robert Owen, cite results of a third round of DNA tests performed by an independent laboratory in Lorton, Va.
Robinson and Owen have represented Skinner for more than a decade and have represented other death-row inmates.
The attorneys will be presenting evidence to support Skinner’s innocence at an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Feb. 3 and 4 in Pampa. The court also will consider evidence presented by the state.
Robinson and Owen could not say at this time if Skinner will be present at the hearing.
The state Attorney General’s Office has taken over the case and will present the state’s case at the hearing.
Now in his early 50s, Skinner has been on death row in Texas longer than any other inmate.
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed his execution less than an hour before he was scheduled to die.
The first two rounds of DNA testing were performed by the Department of Public Safety’s Crime Lab in Lubbock.
In its advisory to the court, the Texas Attorney General’s Office wrote the DNA tests overwhelmingly showed that Skinner murdered Busby, his live-in girlfriend, and her two sons.
The independent lab in Virginia performed mitochondrial DNA tests on four hairs found in Busby’s hand. One of the hairs is consistent with Skinner, who lived in the house, and three of the hairs are consistent with the maternally related line of persons that included the three victims, but have been described by the state’s expert analyst as “visually dissimilar” to the victim’s hair.
Mitochondrial DNA is only passed on from the mother to her children, so people who are maternally related share the same mitochondrial DNA profile.
“As a consequence, the results of such testing can only identify a group of related persons in a matrilineal line, rather than a particular individual, as the possible source of a given sample,” the attorneys wrote. “While it would therefore be most precise to say that this hair was identified as coming from someone in Mr. Skinner’s maternal line, we do not hesitate to say that it almost certainly belonged to Mr. Skinner, who lived in the house and whose hair was likely everywhere.”
The attorneys called the results from the other three hairs as “significant and exculpatory.”
“The mitochondrial DNA testing showed that those three hairs came from the maternally related line of persons that included the victims,” the attorneys wrote. “However, microscopic visual examination by the DPS crime lab has already excluded the victims themselves as potential sources for these visually distinct hairs. Therefore, the hairs must have come from a maternal relative of the victims. And while such relatives might have visited the house from time to time, it is highly unlikely that three of their hairs would have found their way into Ms. Busby’s hands by incidental contact.
“These mitochondrial DNA test results are exculpatory because they support the inference that Robert Donnell — a maternal relative of the victims and the man who stalked Ms. Busby and frightened her with crude sexual advances at a New Year’s Eve party less than an hour before she was murdered — committed the crimes, rather than Mr. Skinner.”
Owens and Robinson claim the inference from the DNA tests is reinforced by the following circumstances:
• Donnell regularly and violently threatened his own wife with bodily harm and death.
• Donnell showed absolutely no emotion when informed by the police that his niece and her two sons had been murdered.
• Donnell was seen frantically washing out his vehicle — scrubbing his old pickup truck down to the metal floorboards with an astringent cleaner — just two days after the murders.
• Donnell has been identified by a witness as the owner of a blood-stained windbreaker jacket found next to Twila Busby’s body, which police collected as evidence from the crime scene and submitted to the crime laboratory in 1994. At present, the state claims to have lost this jacket, so it cannot be subjected to DNA testing.
The attorneys conclude in their advisory that in light of these circumstances and others, it is apparent that the doubts about Skinner’s guilt are far too weighty to allow his execution to proceed.
The state, however, has concluded that the DNA tests conducted in Lubbock overwhelmingly show that evidence collected at the crime scene consistently indicates Skinner is guilty of strangling and bludgeoning Busby in the living room of her home, along with murdering both of her sons.
Further, Skinner admitted he was in the home during the murders but failed to call police or seek help for the victims. Skinner chose instead to flee to a friend’s house wearing clothes soaked with the victims’ blood. He was hiding in a closet still wearing the bloody clothing when police arrived and arrested him a few hours after the triple homicide.
Source: The Tampa News, January 2, 2014
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