Death Row Inmate Wants DNA Challenge

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - DNA from multiple people has been found on evidence in a 1990 double slaying but it has not been tested against a man on Kentucky's death row for the killings.
At least three people contributed DNA found on a hat and DNA from two people was found on a jacket used as evidence in the case of Thomas Clyde Bowling. Bowling was convicted of the murders of Eddie and Tina Earley outside their Lexington dry cleaning story, Early Bird Cleaners.
The DNA evidence hasn't been compared to a sample from the 54-year-old Bowling because prosecutors have objected to the tests.
Bowling's lawyers are asking Fayette Circuit Judge Kim Bunnell to vacate the conviction based on the preliminary test results.
The test results were made public in filings in Bowling's case on Monday and Tuesday.

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


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  • by Phillip Location: knox county on Aug 1, 2008 at 01:49 AM
    Its easy to say fry them but sometimes they may not need to be fried. I was arrested a few years ago and was looking at a 25 year sentence and almost got it. I got lucky and the truth came out because I was not guilty and it would have been awfull if I had to spend 25 yrs for something I didnt do. How would you feel if you were wrongly accused and died for it? If you didnt see him do it or no one else did there is always a chance he didnt do it. If it is for sure he did, fry him. Stop for a moment and think if you would be in such a hurry if it were you.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    I am all for the death penalty in murder cases.But if his DNA is not on the item in question...maybe he is not guilty. As for who pays for the tests...we should. The taxpayers are the ones that helped convict this guy and if he isn't guilty we should do all we can to prove either guilty or innocent. Especially when the guy could die. Would all of you on here want to inject him knowing there may be evidence to prove his innocence? That would be murder in my opinion.Therefore making you as bad the one that actually killed these people.Numbers are all the prosecutors are after. Most of them are jerks.
  • by John Location: Lexington on Jul 31, 2008 at 05:09 AM
    Just another ploy to delay the inevitable for this scum. Go ahead and carry out the sentence given to him by the jury...DEATH!
  • by WHAT Location: IRVINE on Jul 30, 2008 at 09:02 PM
    DOES ANYONE OUT THERE READING THIS,KNOW THAT THIS MAN DONE THIS FOR REAL? KNOW THAT HE IS GUILTY FOR SURE? IF SO SPEAK KNOW.............
  • by Tom Location: Florence on Jul 30, 2008 at 06:38 PM
    I agree and disagree! I don't know the facts of this case and I have to give the Police the benefit of the doubt. However if DNA can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the convicted person in this case is not the killer one has to look at that. However I suspect this is more than the simple cases you hear about in the media. I have faith in our justice system. Prosecutors are not generally out to put innocent people in Prison. When it happens it is usually a case where coincidence and cicumstance makes one person look genuinely guilty and later DNA test make even the prosecutor realize that a mistake was made. If that is the case in this situation I know the prosecutor would be the first to insist on correcting the error. There is more to this and I would bet on it. Good Day!
  • by Margaret Location: Eastern Ky. on Jul 30, 2008 at 06:08 PM
    I feel that since this man is on death row he should have the chance of DNA testing, after all how many times have we heard the story of someone being put to death or wrongly convicted and spending most of thier lives locked up because there wasn't such tests avaliable to them ....if we are willing to take their lives in our hands then let us do it correctly, that's one of the reason we have DNA testing for isn't it.
  • by Isn't it time? Location: for him to give up.... on Jul 30, 2008 at 02:09 PM
    It is sad that killers have more rights than victims. It is sad that this KILLER is still alive and is making a mockery of the justice system which this couple's son, who survived this attack, lives without his parents every day of his life. Not to mention their families, who have to continually see this man's face on the news, and footage of the aftermath of the murders on tv and in print. Enough is enough.......
  • by DC Location: Hazard on Jul 30, 2008 at 12:55 PM
    Why would the prosecutors object to the DNA being compared to the prisoner's DNA? Is it because prosecutors are more interested in convictions than justice? I'm not real sure I like the way this feels. Come on Mr./Ms. Prosecutor. Let's hear your take on this. However, IF this man is guilty, EXECUTE THE SENTENCE. Just like Roger Dale Epperson and Benny Lee Hodges murdered Tammy Acker in Letcher county over 25 years ago, and they still live on death row. I repeat...EXECUTE THE SENTENCE. By the way, Govenor Beshear, you had better watch out,(politically, of course), just who you pardon. Pot smokers, O:K. Convicted murderers? RAPISTS? You had better be very careful, sir. You had better be very careful.
  • by p Location: ky on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    WANT WANT WANT. If you are locked up for a crime and you WANT something, pay for it out of your own money because the taxpayers that put you there have done their job. They all want an appeal, DNA, interviews, and whatever else they can think of. Well, to bad YOU ARE LOCKED UP AND YOU WANT IT YOU PAY FOR IT. This tax payer is tired of it. Like everyone else I get up and go to work for ME not you.

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