Judge hears arguments for DNA testing

Jan 14, 2013 -- 10:32am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A judge in Juneau is considering whether to order DNA testing in a three-decade old double murder. Superior Court Judge William Carey says he will review transcripts and documents before ruling in the case stemming from the 1982 murders of Anne and James Benolken. The Juneau Empire says Carey heard oral arguments Friday. Newton Lambert was convicted in the slaying of Anne Benolken and acquitted of killing James Benolken. Another man, Emanuel Telles, also was charged in the deaths and acquitted. Public Defender Michael Jude Pate says the DNA of blood found on James Benolken's clothes would show the presence of other suspects, not of his client. Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams says DNA evidence would have limited value, especially since Lambert was acquitted of killing James Benolken.

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