Shane Sebastian Davis has been in prison in Australia for nearly two decades for a murder he says he didn’t commit. The Griffith University Innocence Project, a member of the
, has sought DNA testing in Davis’ case for seven years, and the state has now agreed to conduct the tests – which could prove Davis’ innocence or guilt. Davis’ attorneys say the post-conviction testing is a historic victory.
Project co-founder, high-profile Gold Coast criminal lawyer Chris Nyst, said Queensland was the first state to allow access to DNA evidence to be re-tested and described the move as a "landmark" development.
"This is the first time DNA innocence testing – outside of a pardon application – will take place in Queensland," Mr Nyst said. "In fact, it's the first time anywhere in Australia an attorney-general has personally intervened to allow such a process."
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. (Courier Mail, 7/3/09)