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.

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