Claude JonesDuring the tumultuous days of the 2000 Florida recount, George W. Bush, then the governor of Texas, approved the execution of Claude Jones, who had been convicted in the murder of a liquor-store owner. Now, 10 years later, evidence has emerged casting doubt on Jones's guilt — marking the second time this year that the guilt of a man executed in Texas has been seriously called into question.
A DNA test of a single hair — the only piece of physical evidence linking Jones to the crime scene — has shown that it did not belong to him, reports the Associated Press. The test was conducted as part of a case brought by Jones's son, with the help of the Innocence Project, a New York legal center that uses DNA testing to exonerate death-row inmates.
Barry Scheck, who runs the Innocence Project, said the result means the evidence was insufficient under Texas law to convict Jones.
At issue is the 1989 killing of liquor-store owner Allen Hilzendager, who was shot three times outside the town of Point Blank.Read More »from DNA test casts doubt on another Texas execution