State Supreme Court Rejects DNA Testing Effort

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected a bid by a man convicted of a 1995 killing in New Haven for DNA testing of a hat recovered from the crime scene, ruling the evidence against him was strong.

The high court on Monday rejected an appeal by John Dupigney, who was convicted in 2000 of killing of Morris Lewis and is serving a 70-year prison sentence. Dupigney sought to have a knit hat tested for DNA, arguing the results and a claim implicating another man in the murder could exonerate him.

The Supreme Court ruled he was not entitled to DNA testing. The court said there were many reasons someone else’s DNA could be on the hat and it would not undermine confidence in a verdict based on three witnesses.

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