Retrial 30 years after 'murder'

 

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The Independent US

A mentally disabled man who spent nearly 30 years on South Carolina's death row could soon leave prison because of a hair.

The hair does not exonerate Edward Lee Elmore, a handyman, in the stabbing death of a widow for whom he worked. But it has raised enough doubt for a new trial – and a bail hearing yesterday.

In 1982, Elmore was convicted of killing Dorothy Edwards. Her body had been stabbed 52 times.

But in 2010, an appeals court heard arguments about a hair found on Ms Edwards that did not match hers or Elmore's. The judges overturned his conviction in November, ruling that investigators failed to follow standard procedures in collecting hairs.

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