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Parole hearing for man convicted in Klyce-Fisher murder

Tonight -- a man charged with stabbing a Memphis woman to death was denied parole.

Alfred Turner is charged with killing Emily Klyce-Fisher in 1995.

Nearly 12-years later a jury found him guilty.

Today, Turner was up for parole based on the state's ongoing attempt to ease prison overcrowding in combination with sentencing guidelines and good behavior in prison. The emotions are still raw in a case spanning more than a decade.

More than two dozen jam into a tiny room. The question is simple.

"Why should I vote to parole you?" a parole board member asks. "I think I deserve to be paroled, number one because I'm innocent," Alfred DeShon Turner answers.

He's serving 25 years for facilitation to commit murder.

"For our family, this has been a nightmare," says his mother Laverne Turner.

A nightmare ever since 2004, when Turner was arrested based on previously mysterious DNA evidence in the 1995 murder of Emily Klyce-Fisher, stabbed more than 50 times. Twelve years later, in January 2007, a jury convicted Turner. Within 8 months he's up for parole with his family behind him arguing that the conviction was manufactured.

"Not one night, not one day that he's here," Turner's cousin Neidre Alexander says. "No rest, no sleep because he's innocent."

On the other side of the room, prosecutors argue it's still valid.

"It was Mr. Turner's blood and it was conclusive," argues Reginald Henderson from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

Fisher's family wants more time.

"I don't think it would be just at all for Mr. Turner to be released this early," one friend says.

In the end, the parole board agreed. So while Alfred Turner returns to prison, Kathy Klyce--Emily's sister--stands outside. She's pleased with the decision. But she's still not yet content.

"If he would sit there and say to us, I'm sorry and this is what happened," she explains. "And then you could maybe think of him as a human being that you could forgive, but he just sits there and says I wasn't there, I didn't do it--that's terrible."

After the hearing Alfred Turner's family restated the claim that his conviction was manufactured, but declined further comment.

Alfred Turner says he's appealing his conviction.

His next chance at parole is in the year 2013.

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