Saturday, April 19, 2008

Man Off Death Row Wants DNA Test

A man taken off death row for a new trial wants a DNA test of a palm print that prosecutors said belongs to him.

Roy Lee McDuffie was convicted of murdering Janice Schneider and Danwnielle Beauregard at the Dollar General store in Deltona in 2002.

The Florida Supreme Court overturned that conviction and now he's preparing for a new trial.

At a hearing in DeLand on Friday, McDuffie's defense team asked the judge to allow DNA testing of evidence found at the crime scene including a palm print on some duct tape that was a key piece of evidence in his first trial.

The judge denied that request out of concern it might destroy evidence.

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