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Kentucky Supreme Court hearing challenge to DNA testing law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear
a challenge to the scope of the state's law allowing DNA testing in
older death penalty cases.
The challenge, brought by condemned inmate Thomas Clyde Bowling,
seeks to have the court rule that the law allows for multiple tests
of evidence instead of just a single examination.
A judge sentenced the 57-year-old Bowling to death on Jan. 4,
1991, in Lexington for the shooting deaths of Eddie and Tina Early.
The husband and wife were shot on the morning of April 9, 1990,
while sitting in their car before opening their family-owned dry
cleaning business. Their 2-year-old son was injured, but survived
the attack.
DNA testing in Bowling's case found genetic material from
multiple people on some evidence, but a judge said the law didn't
allow further testing to either eliminate Bowling or implicate
someone else.

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