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Convicted murderer Snow hopes DNA testing will exonerate him

Convicted murderer Snow hopes DNA testing will exonerate him

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BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington man convicted in the 1991 murder of a gas station attendant has renewed his request for DNA testing on evidence and fingerprints from the crime scene.

Jamie Snow also asked that authorities provide records related to previous tests.

He argued in a motion filed in McLean County court that advances in scientific testing since his 2001 conviction in the armed robbery and killing of Bill Little necessitate new testing of items from the crime scene.

“This is a case that cries out for physical corroboration of incredible testimony from the state’s witnesses,” said the motion filed by Tara Thompson, Snow’s lawyer with The University of Chicago Law School’s Exoneration project.

Snow is serving life in prison on murder charges.

McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers could not be reached for comment Wednesday on Snow’s latest effort to prove his innocence in Little’s death.

Before testing can be completed, the state must produce records from the Illinois State Crime Lab on previous tests, said the motion.

The defense has asked the court to resolve a question concerning what items the state lab tested in 2009 after it was noted in a report that the lab had received an empty evidence container. Later, the state said a swab of blood collected from the gas station floor was submitted for tests.

The motion also asks for clarification as to how many fingerprints were submitted to an FBI database for comparison with other suspects. The database has expanded considerably since the last round of comparisons to include 70 million subjects in the criminal file and another 34 million prints in its civil employee category, Thomspon argued.

The state has provided no evidence that several items – fingerprints, bullets recovered from the victim and the victim’s clothing — have been examined, said the motion.

The DNA testing on bullets could show who loaded the weapon that killed Little and forensic examination of the clothing could produce information on who had contact with the victim shortly before his death, the defense argues.

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