The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s determination that a man on death row had standing to challenge Arkansas’ postconviction DNA testing statute and sue the state officials who allegedly refused to test key evidence pertaining to a murder he claims he did not commit.

Stacey Johnson was on death row after he was accused of killing Carol Heath in 1993. Johnson was convicted and sentenced to death, though that decision was later reversed on appeal due to an evidentiary error. Johnson was retried in 1997 and convicted and sentenced to death again, with the Arkansas Supreme Court affirming the sentence, according to the circuit court’s majority opinion.

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