Man to get DNA tests in 1977 E Texas stabbing case

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 6:30 AM

TYLER, Texas (AP) — A man twice sentenced to death — but later freed — over the 1977 rape and murder of an East Texas woman will get new DNA testing that he says will demonstrate his innocence.

A judge on Monday granted Kerry Max Cook's request to have more testing. Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham says he doesn't know yet what Cook will want tested or re-tested, but that he doesn't oppose it.

Cook was twice convicted of killing Linda Jo Edwards. Courts overturned both convictions. In 1999, Cook agreed to plead no contest to murder for a sentence of time served.

Judge John Ovard of Dallas denied the request of Cook's attorneys to have a Smith County judge recuse herself and to have the case moved elsewhere.

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