KETR Local
6:29 am
Fri February 26, 2010

New trial ordered in Paris murder case


Paris – A Paris man who spent the past eight years in prison on a manslaughter conviction is getting a new trial.

A Lamar County Judge Thursday set aside Danny Holloway's conviction, agreeing that a DNA test showed that blood on the suspected murder weapon didn't belong to the victim.

The 32-year-old Holloway has said he's innocent and that someone else fatally stabbed 17-year-old Ashley Lee in 2001 during a brawl outside a bar in the city.

District Attorney Gary Young said he respectfully disagrees with the ruling. Young says seven eyewitnesses say Holloway stabbed Lee. Young says he believes this is the first Lamar County case in which a judge has set aside a conviction based on DNA evidence.