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After spending nearly 3 decades on SC death row for woman's death, handyman gets bail hearing
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ' A mentally disabled man who spent nearly 30 years on South Carolina's death row is getting a bail hearing because of a single strand of hair.
The hair does not exonerate Edward Lee Elmore in the stabbing death of a widow he worked for. But it has raised enough doubt to win him a new trial and a bail hearing Friday.
That raises the possibility that he could leave prison after three decades. His sentence has already been overturned three times on appeals, including a reduction from death to life in prison.
Elmore was convicted of killing Dorothy Edwards in 1982. Her body was found in a closet in her home, stabbed 52 times.
At the bond hearing, Elmore faces murder and sexual assault charges.