Evidentiary hearing for Hank Skinner wraps up day one

Evidentiary hearing for Hank Skinner wraps up day one

After some eight hours of discussion in the Gray County Court House Monday afternoon, the State and Hank  Skinner's defense team have adjourned in day one of an evidentiary hearing in Pampa.

Skinner was convicted in 1995 of murdering his girlfriend Twila Busby and her two sons. Day one for the defense focused on evidence collected from the crime scene in 1993.

Julie Heinig, who was called by the Defense to testify said DNA that she had reviewed from the crime scene were not properly stored, creating the potential for DNA evidence to be deteriorated.  At one point, Heinig testified that DNA from a private laboratory produced different results on a piece of evidence, compared to the analysis from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Court documents state the focus of the hearing is whether it is "reasonably probable" that Skinner would have been acquitted, if all DNA evidence was presented in the original trial.  The State says DNA testing conducted by the Texas Department of Transportation further confirms Skinner's guilt. 

Prosecutors ended Monday's hearing with testimony from a Department of Public Safety Trace Analyst, who said some of the evidence collected at the crime scene was insufficient. Therefor, he says it was not able to be tested for DNA. 

Skinner was convicted of Capitol Murder in 1995 and sentenced to death row.