Thursday, January 12, 2006

DNA testing on death penalty case is complete

About a week ago I wrote about Virginia Governor Mark Warner ordering DNA testing done in a case where the convicted man was executed. The tests are complete:

::::::::DNA tests released this afternoon confirmed the guilt of a Virginia man who had proclaimed his innocence in a slaying and rape even as he was strapped into the state's electric chair in 1992.

Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) said modern-day genetic analysis that was not available in the early 1990s proves that Roger K. Coleman was present at the crime.

"We have sought the truth using DNA technology not available at the time the Commonwealth carried out the ultimate criminal sanction," Warner said in a statement. "The confirmation that Roger Coleman's DNA was present reaffirms the verdict and the sanction."

I am glad the results are such that we didn't execute an innocent man.

Hat Tip: Power Line