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Hair Doesn't Match Men Convicted Of Murders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - DNA tests from a hair found at the scene of a 1985 double-murder in eastern Kentucky does not match either of the two men on death row for the crime nor does it match the victims in the case.

The test results were returned in January 1999, but not given to defense attorneys for Roger Dale Epperson and Benny Lee Hodge until
September.

The results are now at the center of efforts by Epperson and Hodge to overturn their death sentences and convictions.

Epperson and Hodge are awaiting execution for the June 1985 robbery and murders of Edwin and Bessie Morris in their home in Gray Hawk in Jackson County.

Attorneys for the two men say the test results should clear their clients. Commonwealth Attorney Gary Gregory, who prosecutes cases in Jackson County, did not immediately return a phone message left Tuesday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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