Alley seeks DNA testing on murder evidence

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Condemned killer Sedley Alley asked a state court today in Memphis to permit DNA testing on evidence in his case.

Governor Bredesen issued a 15-day reprieve just eight hours before Alley was scheduled for execution Wednesday in Nashville.

Alley asked for the reprieve in hopes of having DNA tests performed on crime scene evidence that could help prove him innocent.

No date was set for a hearing on Alley's request to the Shelby County Criminal Court. A similar petition to the same court was rejected two years ago.

Despite the governor's order, a court still must approve the DNA testing Alley wants.

Alley was convicted in 1987 of murdering a 19-year-old woman near Memphis.

Alley confessed to the killing at the time. He now argues that someone else may have committed the murder.

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