Motions filed for DNA testing in Alabama cases

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama courts have been busy receiving motions from lawyers seeking DNA tests in dozens of cases where the attorneys feel the testing might exonerate defendants convicted in capital murder cases.

The Birmingham News reported that the filings Friday in dozens of capital murder convictions beat a Sunday deadline set in a 2009 state law. That law limited post-conviction DNA testing on evidence.

The law allows judges to order DNA tests only in capital murder cases where the evidence is accessible and the result is likely to prove whether the inmate committed the crime.

If the DNA results do not match the defendant, the law requires the inmate to file a separate court motion to challenge the conviction.

Information from: The Birmingham News,

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)