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Groups seek items they say could exonerate executed inmate

5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 January 23, 2020 10:46 AM January 23, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By ANDREW DeMILLO
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Two groups are suing a central Arkansas city and seeking the release of evidence they say could exonerate an inmate who was executed nearly three years ago. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Innocence Project asked a state judge to force Jacksonville authorities to release fingerprint tests and DNA they say supports claims convicted murderer Ledell Lee was innocent of the 1993 murder of Debra Reese. The groups filed the lawsuit on behalf of Patricia Young, Lee's sister. Lee was the first of four inmates Arkansas executed in 2017 before its supply of a lethal injection drug expired.

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