Lawyer: DNA evidence in capital case can be tested

ATLANTA (AP) - A death row inmate's attorney says state investigators have determined that DNA evidence is viable for testing in the case of a man set to die Feb. 9.

Roy Willard Blankenship's attorney Brian Kammer said Friday that authorities found that Sarah Mims Bowen's remains could be tested.

It came hours after a Chatham County judge directed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assess whether the DNA could be tested.

Blankenship is scheduled to die next week for the murder of Bowen, a 78-year-old who died of heart failure in 1978 after she was raped.

Blankenship was sentenced to death in three separate trials, and a series of court rulings have since upheld the convictions.

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