Category Archives: DNA testing

The Puzzle of the Hair Fragments

At Willie Manning’s trial, an FBI hair expert testified about hair fragments vacuumed from Tiffany Miller’s car. The expert stated that the hair was African American (an assertion that the FBI and DOJ discredited in 2013). With no physical evidence … Continue reading

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Twenty-Five Years on Death Row

Today, November 10, 2019, marks 25 years since Willie Manning first entered death row. A jury had found him guilty of murdering Tiffany Miller and Jon Steckler, despite no physical evidence linking him to the murders. Two years later Willie … Continue reading

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Happy 51st birthday!

Today, Wednesday June 12, 2019, is Willie Manning’s 51st birthday. We wish him a very happy birthday. On the surface not much has changed for Willie over the last year, but there are signs that the Mississippi Supreme Court is … Continue reading

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DNA Testing Resumes

It seems that Judge Howard’s Scheduling Order, issued in February, is working! Willie Manning must be relieved that more hairs from his case are at last being screened at the Bode Technology lab. The lab anticipates that this stage of the … Continue reading

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A Timetable for Testing

Judge Howard of the Oktibbeha County Court has set limits to the time to be spent on DNA testing for Willie Manning’s remaining case. The judge has issued a Scheduling Order, which sets out a timetable to be followed both by … Continue reading

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DNA Testing: Dates to be Set

A court has insisted that testing of DNA evidence for Willie Manning’s remaining case cannot be deferred indefinitely. The Circuit Court of Oktibbeha County yesterday ordered that the prosecution and defense must “set final dates for the testing of the DNA … Continue reading

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DNA Profiles: the Latest

An update on the progress of DNA testing in Willie Manning’s case has been issued. The statement refers to hair samples, which we understand to be fragments vacuumed from the floor of Tiffany Miller’s car,* and to other items that are … Continue reading

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DNA Testing: Update

A letter filed on Thursday by Rob Mink, one of Willie Manning’s attorneys, states that 18 hair fragments contained in exhibits from Willie’s Steckler-Miller case are to be tested. The testing is predicted to take about fourteen weeks. The letter reveals … Continue reading

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Hope in Sherwood Brown’s New Trial

Willie Manning must be happy that his fellow death row inmate and African American, Sherwood Brown, has been granted a new trial by the Mississippi Supreme Court. Like Willie, Brown had been pursuing DNA testing; like Willie, he was granted DNA … Continue reading

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Delays in DNA Testing

As long ago as August 2016, it seems that Willie Manning and the State were “attempting to reach an agreement on how to proceed with developing a DNA profile from hairs that were used at Mr. Manning’s trial.” A new Mississippi Supreme … Continue reading

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