DALLAS — A DNA test on a single hair has cast doubt on the guilt of a Texas man who was put to death 10 years ago for a liquor-store murder — an execution that went forward after then-Gov. George W. Bush's staff failed to tell him the condemned man was asking for genetic analysis of the strand.
The hair had been the only piece of physical evidence linking Claude Jones to the crime scene. But the recently completed DNA analysis found it did not belong to Jones and instead may have come from the murder victim.
Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, a New York legal center that uses DNA to exonerate inmates and worked on Jones' case, acknowledged that the hair doesn't prove an innocent man was put to death. But he said the findings mean the evidence was insufficient under Texas law to convict Jones.
Texas man opens fire on SWAT team, hits 4
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SAN ANTONIO — A man opened fire Thursday on a San Antonio SWAT team approaching his front door to serve a warrant, shooting four of the officers and injuring two seriously, authorities said.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said 14 rounds from an assault rifle were fired from inside the house and through the front door, and that two of his officers were struck multiple times. One of them was in surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Authorities said the other two officers shot did not have life-threatening wounds.