Judge to consider DNA testing on evidence in 1977 double murder

By WEEK Reporter

Judge to consider DNA testing on evidence in 1977 double murder

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A Peoria Judge heard a motion for DNA testing in a 36-year-old double murder case.

Johnnie Savory was convicted in 1977 when he was 14 for two stabbing murders. Savory has continued to maintain his innocence.

He was paroled in 2006, and on Thursday members of his legal team spoke to a judge to get five pieces of evidence DNA tested.

Savory's legal team argued that the evidence was not tested properly and with more advanced forensic techniques they could prove Savory's innocence.

State's Attorney Jerry Brady said that the evidence was rejected in higher courts so it should not be tested now.

The judge ruled that he would take the matter under advisement.

State's Attorney Jerry Brady refused to comment. A possibility of a trial is still to be determined.

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