Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Conner to Governor: Do a DNA Test Before Clemency Hearing UPDATED

News Update--Read the News and Observer Coverage picked up by the Myrtle Beach Sun News

April 5, 2006

Governor Michael F. Easley
State Capitol
116 W. Jones St.
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-0301

Re: Jerry Conner

Dear Governor Easley:

We are writing on behalf of Mr. Conner in response to the scheduling letter issued by your office for clemency proceedings. Mr. Conner is scheduled to be executed by the State of North Carolina on May 12th and a clemency hearing is scheduled for May 2nd. Mr. Conner requests your assistance in facilitating a DNA test of physical evidence in the possession of the State.

We believe that the prosecution has unreasonably opposed this testing and a Superior Court Judge has unfairly denied Mr. Conner access to the evidence for purposes of conducting the test. What is the harm in allowing a DNA test? We believe that this test will show, one way or another, whether Jerry Conner is guilty of these crimes. Such a test, if permitted now, will not delay Mr. Conner’s execution if the results are unfavorable. If the results are favorable, we have no doubt that you and every fair-minded citizen of North Carolina will want to halt the execution.

Without a DNA test, we are unable to adequately present Mr. Conner’s case for clemency. Mr. Conner will not petition for clemency, nor will we appear on his behalf at a clemency hearing until a DNA test is conducted and the results are returned. We trust that as Governor you share our interest in ensuring access to all available information in order to make a fair and informed decision about clemency.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Very truly yours,

Ken Rose and Mark Kleinschmidt

Attorneys for Jerry Conner

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