DALLAS (AP) - East Texas prosecutors say they
believe a man linked to a 1977 rape and stabbing can get a fair hearing before
a local judge on his request to have new DNA testing that could demonstrate his
Kerry Max Cook was twice convicted and
condemned for the killing of 21-year-old Linda Jo Edwards in Tyler. Courts
overturned both convictions. He would later plead no contest to the murder for
a sentence of time served.
Cook wants new DNA testing in hopes of being
declared formally innocent.
His attorneys have asked Smith County Judge Christi Kennedy to be
removed from the case, a request that was denied by an administrative judge.
They have since renewed that request.
In new filings Tuesday, prosecutors say the
attorneys' newest motion should be denied.
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