Lawyers for a white supremacist convicted and sentenced to die for the 1996 murder of a Pope County family say a new DNA analysis negates a piece of evidence that prosecutors used to tie Danny Lee to the crime.
Defense lawyers say a DNA test shows a hair that allegedly linked Lee to the killings doesn't belong to him. They say Lee's conviction should be thrown out and he should be tried again.
Lee was convicted with Chevie Kehoe in federal court in May 1999. A jury found that the men killed Tilly gun dealer William Mueller, his wife Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell. Their bodies were found in a backwater of Illinois Bayou north of Russellville.
Prosecutors say Lee was convicted on overwhelming evidence. A federal appeals court in 2004 upheld Lee's convictions.
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