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OXFORD, Miss. (WCBI) – The Mississippi Innocence Project and the brother of Death Row Inmate, Willie Manning, filed suit on Friday to test Manning’s DNA even after his execution.

The FBI examiner in Manning’s case testified that the hairs analyzed belonged to a black person. That testimony was used as evidence to argue that Willie Manning was guilty. No physical evidence linked Manning to the crime scene except the FBI’s hair expert testimony. The examiner’s testimony has since been deemed false.

Willie Manning is scheduled for execution on May 7th for the December 1992 murders of Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller. The Mississippi Supreme Court split 5 to 4 last week on whether Mr. Manning should have the right to do DNA testing taken from the victims before he’s executed. Mr. Manning has been seeking DNA testing since 2001.

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  • hohohossa

    Test the DNA

  • FROMtheHOOD

    TEST the DNA. How can you execute someone that is not guilty. From the looks of it it seem like a INSIDE job

  • Crystal

    The Mississippi Supreme Court split 5 to 4 last week on whether Mr. Manning should have the right to do DNA testing taken from the victims before he’s executed. Mr. Manning has been seeking DNA testing since 2001. From what I understand he wants to dig up the graves of the victims to get Their DNA.. He should NOT be allowed to do this and put the families threw this!!!

  • hohohossa

    I’ve never read anything about digging up the graves, not even in the court opinions. There would be no need to disturb the graves since there is a rape kit and fingernail scrapings. Manning has been asking since 2001 for this evidence to be tested, as well as new fingerprint analysis done on fingerprints that didn’t match Manning. Now they have two letters from the FBI explaining that the testimony by the FBI lab technician was incorrect on the hair analysis linking it to an African American. The letter states it is outside the scope of the science. They have offered to do DNA for free.

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