Jeffrey Cookson appeals DNA test denial

5:32 AM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A man serving two life sentences for the 1999 execution-style shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and the toddler she was baby-sitting is seeking to have DNA tests allowed into evidence he says might show somebody else committed the killings.

An attorney for Jeffrey Cookson, 49, is appearing before Maine's supreme court on Wednesday appealing a lower court ruling denying his motion for DNA testing on clothes worn by another man who claimed responsibility for the killings, but later recanted. Cookson denies killing 20-year-old Mindy Gould and 21-month-old Treven Cunningham in Dexter.

The lower-court judge said Cookson failed to demonstrate the necessary chain of custody.

Cookson says he provided evidence of a proper chain of custody and that he was held to a higher legal standard than required by statute.











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