BLOOMINGTON - The defense team for Jamie Snow, who was convicted of the 1991 murder of William Little but is seeking a new trial, asked the court Thursday to allow a narrower DNA testing than previously requested.
Tara Thompson with the Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago Law School asked that only the blood found at the crime scene be tested at this time.
Thompson also provided the state's attorney's office with an affidavit from Melanie Trapani, associate laboratory director for Orchid Cellmark, a forensic lab in Dallas, who maintains the blood from the crime scene still is viable for testing.
Trapani said a specific DNA test "may lead to identification of the source of this blood." The DNA then could be compared to Snow's to exclude him as a possible donor.
If Snow and Little are excluded as a match, Traponi said the DNA profile could be entered into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Combined DNA Index System to find a potential match.
The state's attorney's office asked for 60 days to review Thompson's request and the affidavit from Traponi. McLean County Judge Paul Lawrence set an 11 a.m. May 13 court appearance.
Snow's case history
Snow argued in a post-conviction petition that he was the victim of mistaken identity by a witness who told a jury nearly a decade after Little's death that Snow committed the robbery.
Snow filed a motion several months ago asking for DNA testing on items found at the crime scene, including Little's clothing, two bullets and the blood. DNA testing has not previously been conducted, Thompson said.
Snow is attempting to secure a new trial in the case.
William Little was a clerk at the former Clark service station at Empire and Linden streets when he was killed during a robbery attempt.