(CNN) Evidence in the case of a Tennessee man who was sentenced to death three decades ago can be tested for the first time for DNA, a judge ruled this week. Pervis Payne, who has been on death row for 32 years, is scheduled for execution in December. Payne also was convicted of assault with intent to commit first-degree murder of Christopher's 3-year-old son, who survived. Payne, 53, maintains that he is innocent and went into Christopher's apartment after hearing a cry for help, according to court documents. He is represented by The Innocence Project, a national group of attorneys and investigators that often uses new DNA evidence to exonerate their clients.
Source: CNN September 19, 2020 01:52 UTC