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July 17, 2008

Prosecutors argue against DNA tests in condemned Arlington man's case

The prosecutors in the case of Death Row inmate Lester Leroy Bower Jr. say a DNA link to four other suspects "might have made a difference" if Bower hadn't had stolen evidence in his home and hadn't lied to the FBI.

SHERMAN – Grayson County prosecutors Thursday contested defense attempts to have additional DNA testing done on evidence from a quadruple slaying outside Sherman in 1983.

The defense hopes that further testing will support the innocence claim of Death Row inmate Lester Leroy Bower Jr.

In a hearing before state District Judge Jim Fallon, prosecutor Karla Hackett said a DNA link to four other suspects "might have made a difference if (Bower) didn't have the stolen aircraft in his home and hadn't lied to the FBI over and over."

Bower was arrested after FBI agents found pieces of an allegedly stolen ultralight aircraft in his home. The aircraft had been taken from a Sherman hanger on the day that four men were slaughtered.

Fallon on Thursday gave attorneys in the case two more weeks to file arguments before ruling on the matter.

The Sherman courtroom was packed, with Bower's relatives on one side and the victims' relatives on the other.

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