MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis judge ruled on Monday that the daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have the right to seek DNA testing of evidence in the case.
April Alley is the daughter of Sedley Alley, executed in 2006 for the 1985 murder of Marine Lance Cpl. Suzanne Collins. In May, April Alley petitioned the court on behalf of her father’s estate to order DNA testing.
The move came after investigators in a Missouri murder case contacted the Innocence Project about a possible connection between that suspect and Collins.
Since the early 1990s, 22 death row inmates around the U.S. have been absolved of crimes through DNA evidence. The Innocence Project was trying to use such evidence to exonerate a person who has already been executed, something that has nev