Alley's lawyers plan to appeal latest setback

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - With time running out, lawyers for convicted killer Sedley Alley will appeal a ruling by a state appeals court.

The court yesterday refused to approve DNA testing sought in Alley's case. He's scheduled for execution next Wednesday in Nashville.

The Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a Memphis judge's ruling that Alley was not entitled to the testing on evidence gathered at the scene of the 1985 murder he was convicted of committing.

Alley was convicted of killing 19-year-old Suzanne Collins, who was beaten and sexually assaulted with a sharpened tree limb.

He confessed shortly after the crime, and there was considerable blood evidence linking him to the attack.

The next step for his lawyers is an appeal to the State Supreme Court.

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