Kerry Max Cook will get access to the DNA testing that he hopes will help bolster his claims of innocence in the 1977 murder of Linda Jo Edwards and force the court to exonerate him of the crime more than a decade after he was released from prison. But Cook will have to continue his quest in the same county where he had been found guilty twice before, though both convictions were overturned.
I would like to ask this, since it has been a few months since Kerry Cook won his right to have the DNA tested to bolster his claim that he was innocent of Linda Jo Edwards' murder: When will the DNA testing in this case actually be conducted? (I have not heard any recent updates on this situation)
Here is an update:
In April, 2012, Texas Judge John Ovard granted Mr. Cook's request for additional testing. There was some doubt at the time whether the evidence could be located, or if it even still existed. It was found. On June 8th, 2012, evidence was sent to a private DNA lab for testing. It includes blood found on Ms. Edwards' jeans, stains on her bra, trace materials from her stockings and the hair on her head, collected in 1977. Additionally, the prosecution sent a knife, blood found on a pillow and bedspread, the contents of a preserved vacuumed section of the carpet located under Ms. Edwards, a hair found near the victim, and cigarette butts found in an ashtray.