Paris man to receive new trial after DNA test on knife

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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

A state district judge in Paris set aside Danny Holloway's conviction Thursday, 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 Paris.

Lamar County 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.

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

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  • by Witness Location: Dallas,TX on May 31, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    I was there when it happened and even though he did not mean to stab her but he did and a young, precious life is now gone. Regardless of what knife was submitted into evidence, if you knew all of the details surrounding it all then you would understand. Justice will be served and he will have to live with this for the rest of his life. As one has stated in one of the comments that "seven people outside a bar who were probably slightly intoxicated and why did they not try to help the person who was being stabbed to death." let me answer that for you. I for one wasn't intoxicated and she wasn't being brutally stabbed to death as you have portrayed. It happened with one quick swing of the knife that entered her chest as Mr. Hollaway was trying to stab at his attackers.
  • by Payback Location: Dallas Texas on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:27 PM
    This case only prove what we have been saying alone. When it comes to Blacks and caucasians there is a double standard down town. caucasians are so evil that you can't believe anything that comes out of their mouths. The entire Justice System in Paris is steeped in racism. Racist Judges can let caucasian trash out of jail only if that person kills a Black person. Remember crossley and finley those two outstanding americans that killed Mr. Brandon McClelland they are free also. What is going on her? In Paris there is an anti-Black movement in place and the only way to change it is for Blacks to demand that those carrying out this evil and develish plan be removed. caucasians must be held responsible. Black justice must be implemented.
  • by Some one in texas Location: Sherman on Feb 27, 2010 at 10:15 PM
    you know there has to be more then just a knife that did not have the victims blood on it for the judge to over throw the conviction. Seven people out side a bar who were probably slightly intoxicated now come on and if there were seven witnesses why did they not try to help the person who was being stabbed to death. My guess is that they were told look we found out who committed the murder and they knew there was a fight at the bar and this guy was here. I am not saying this guy is guilty or innocent but how many times have you been in the wrong place at the wrong time. And hell what good does the prosecuter have to say any thing if he had done his job right the first time and submitted the knife for DNA testing then the trial would not be reset. And chances are even if this guy is guilty he will get off. The prosecuter will have to live with that.
  • by THEVOICE Location: TEXOMA on Feb 27, 2010 at 05:02 PM
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Feb 26, 2010 at 09:18 AM
    This guy will get a new trial, but will likely get convicted again. It appears the problem here lies with the prosecutor having introduced into evidence a murder weapon that wasn't really the murder weapon. Claiming something is a murder weapon and producing it trial has an impact upon a what extent may be debatable, but having stuff introduced as evidence that isn't really evidence is frowned upon by the courts.
  • by Donny Location: Sherman on Feb 25, 2010 at 09:05 PM
    Seven eyewitnesses? If that is true and assuming the witnesses are not associated with each other and/or have motive to convict this guy wrongly, then something isn't right with this judge!
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