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Texas death row inmate asking judge to force prosecutor to turn over evidence for DNA tests
HOUSTON (AP) ' A Texas death row inmate is asking a judge to force prosecutors to turn over knives, clothing and other evidence for DNA testing that he says could prove his innocence.
But prosecutors say the request from 49-year-old Henry Watkins Skinner is an empty tactic to delay his lethal injection next month.
Both sides will lay out their arguments Monday for a federal magistrate judge in Amarillo. The hearing comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Skinner could ask for the untested evidence but left unresolved whether the items had to be surrendered.
Skinner was convicted for the 1993 deaths of his girlfriend, Twila Busby, and her two adult sons, Elwin "Scooter" Caler and Randy Busby. They were killed on New Year's Eve at their home in the Texas Panhandle.