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This photo provided by attorney Kelley Henry shows Pervis Payne. A district attorney in Tennessee said Thursday, July 30, 2020 that she is fighting a request by the inmate facing execution in December to have a judge order DNA testing of evidence in his case. Shelby County district attorney Amy Weirich said a bag of evidence reviewed by Payne's lawyers in an evidence property room last year came from a different case that has nothing to do with the 1987 stabbings of a woman and her daughter for which Payne was convicted and sentenced to death. (Kelley Henry via AP)

Condemned Tennessee inmate pushes for DNA tests in his case

Aug. 7, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate scheduled to be executed in December continued to push Friday for DNA testing of the evidence in his case, arguing that would exonerate him. Pervis Payne, 53, has always maintained his innocence in the 1987 stabbing deaths of Charisse Christopher and her...

Defense attorney John Prior, right, addresses Magistrate Judge Faren Eddins as to why he and Chad Daybell, left, are not wearing masks in court during a preliminary hearing in St. Anthony, Idaho, on Monday, August 3, 2020. The preliminary hearing will help a judge decide if the charges against Chad Daybell will move forward in state court. Daybell, 52, is charged with concealing evidence by destroying or hiding the bodies of 7-year-old Joshua

Court hearing held in notorious case of children's deaths

Aug. 3, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A detective Monday described in excruciating details how investigators unearthed the remains of two children who had been missing for months while searching the rural Idaho property of a man charged with concealing evidence. The testimony came during a preliminary hearing where a judge...

Funeral home worker Manuel Castro, wearing a full protective gear to protect himself from the spread of the new coronavirus, waits to enter La Verbena cemetery in Guatemala City, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala burying dozens of unidentified COVID-19 dead

Jul. 29, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan hospitals say they have had to bury dozens of COVID-19 victims who have never been identified, and one hospital is creating archives in hopes that once the pandemic passes, their relatives will come looking for them. Workers at one of the country’s largest public...

This undated photo provided by the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office in South Dakota shows Algene Vossen. Vossen who was questioned in 1974 about a woman's slaying in western Minnesota has now been charged with murder. He was questioned shortly after the body of 74-year-old Mae Herman was discovered by her sister in Willmar, Minn., on Jan. 27, 1974. Herman was stabbed 38 times in her home. But it was only after advances in DNA testing and another look at the cold case that Vossen was arrested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Thursday, July 23, 2020. (Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office AP)

South Dakota man charged in 1974 slaying in Minnesota

Jul. 24, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — A man who was questioned in 1974 about the killing of a woman who was stabbed 38 times in her western Minnesota home has now been charged with murder. Algene Vossen was questioned shortly after the body of 74-year-old Mae Herman was discovered by her sister in Willmar on Jan. 27,...

Man granted bond after conviction tossed in church killings

Jul. 23, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A man who has spent two decades in custody was granted bond Thursday after his conviction in the killings of a couple at a south Georgia church was overturned. Dennis Perry, 58, has been serving two life sentences for the 1985 killings of Harold and Thelma Swain, who were killed...

In this photo released by the Thailand's Dept. of Special Investigation, Thailand's Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, second left, leads a press conference Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. Somsak announced that a possible breakthrough in the unsolved 2007 killing of a Japanese tourist. The body of Tomoko Kawashita was found by the ruins of an ancient temple in the northern province of Sukhothai on May 25, 2007. From left: Wannapong Kocharak, director of Central Institute of Forensic Science; Somsak Thepsuthin, minister of Justice; Korawat Panrnprapakorn, DSI secretary general; Tomoyuki Fujiyama, Japan embassy’s first secretary. (Thailand's Dept. of Special Investigation via AP)

Thailand claims breakthrough in Japanese tourist murder case

Jul. 23, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Improved DNA testing has shed new light on the unsolved murder of a female Japanese tourist 13 years ago, suggesting a link to a male of East Asian heritage, Thai officials said Thursday. Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said the Department of Special Investigation has informed Japanese...

This photo provided by attorney, Kelley Henry shows Pervis Payne.  Payne, an inmate scheduled to be executed in December 2020 is asking a Shelby County court to order DNA testing of the evidence in his case.  Payne has always maintained he is innocent in the 1987 stabbing deaths of Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter.  DNA evidence in the case has never been tested.  (Kelley Henry via AP)

Condemned Tennessee inmate claims innocence, seeks DNA tests

Jul. 22, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate scheduled to be executed in December asked a Shelby County court on Wednesday to order DNA testing of the evidence in his case. Pervis Payne has always maintained his innocence in the 1987 stabbing deaths of Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie...

Virginia eliminates huge backlog of untested rape kits

Jul. 8, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has eliminated a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, becoming only the seventh state in the country to do so, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Wednesday. Herring said the project to test rape kits — some decades old — began in 2015. Since then,...

Juan Cruz, boyfriend of Army soldier Vanessa Guillén, kneels in front of a mural honoring her Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Houston. Army investigators have identified the body of a soldier who vanished more than two months ago from a base in Texas, according to a lawyer for the soldier's family. Remains found last week buried near Fort Hood belong to Guillén and Army officials informed her family in Houston Sunday, attorney Natalie Khawam told The Associated Press. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Army identifies buried remains as missing Texas soldier

Jul. 6, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Army commander confirmed Monday that dismembered remains found last week buried near Fort Hood belonged to a 20-year-old soldier who vanished more than two months ago from the Texas base. Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, Fort Hood's senior commander, said during a news conference that the...

People visit a mass grave for the victims of the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq on Thursday, July 1, 2020. A human skull, a pair of worn trousers and a shoe were among the remains unearthed from a mass grave discovered this week in northern Iraq, a remnant of the brutal rule of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed)

New mass grave unearthed in Iraq's north from brutal IS rule

Jul. 2, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — A human skull, a pair of worn trousers and a shoe were among the remains unearthed from a mass grave discovered this week in northern Iraq, a remnant of the brutal rule of the Islamic State group, Iraqi officials said Thursday. The new mass grave was discovered on Monday in the village...