Good luck to Ohio Innocence Project attorney Carrie Wood, who is arguing a death row case in the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday morning, on behalf of Tyrone Noling. The State of Ohio has thus far denied Tyrone the right to DNA testing to prove his innocence, despite the fact that another person, with an M.O. for committing similar murders, subsequently confessed to committing this crime. It was also discovered (but not revealed to the defense before trial) that this person who later confessed had been a police suspect before trial. The State did serology testing (a primitive test before DNA testing existed) and this alternate suspect COULD NOT BE EXCLUDED as the source of biological material collected from the crime scene. But this was not turned over to defense and was only discovered years later through a public records request.
Also, all 3 cooperating witnesses against Tyrone have subsequently said Tyrone is innocent and they were pressured to testify falsely against him. All of this, and the State of Ohio will still not simply grant Tyrone a simple DNA test to see if the alternative suspect can be conclusively linked to the crime scene.
The Atlantic.com called Carrie’s argument Tuesday one of the 10 most significant legal events of 2013 in the U.S.
I mooted Carrie today and she was amazing. Tyrone couldn’t have a better attorney representing him in this important case. Prayers, thoughts and fingers crossed for Tyrone and Carrie.
The Ohio Public Defenders’ Office is representing Tyrone on all non-DNA issues, as they have for years.
You can watch the oral argument at about 10am EST here.