LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A northern Kentucky woman serving life in prison for murder has won a bid for DNA testing of evidence in the case after a court ruled that the law creating that right applies to her despite not being in effect at the time of her conviction.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the statute passed by lawmakers in 2013 applies to the case of 54-year-old Deborah Huiett.
Chief Judge Glenn Acree wrote for the court that unless the state Supreme Court decides otherwise, legal precedents dictate that the new law applies to old cases.
Huiett and 52-year-old Leonard Day were convicted of slaying Tina Rae Stevens. Stevens' remains were found in April 2000 in a remote section of Boone County.
Day is serving 50 years in prison.
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