- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - The state’s top criminal court has upheld a lower court’s findings that the results of new DNA tests don’t cast doubts on the conviction of a Houston man sent to death row for the slaying of a 72-year-old woman at her home 23 years ago.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals had ordered DNA testing requested by 45-year-old Charles Raby, who was condemned for the 1992 fatal stabbing of Edna Mae Franklin.

The court Wednesday agreed with the Houston trial court that the DNA findings on material from fingernail evidence were not favorable to Raby.

Raby confessed to the slaying, was on parole at the time and was friends with Franklin’s grandsons, who lived with her and against her orders allowed Raby to sneak in and spend the night.


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