Attorneys hope DNA tests from 1992 slayings will exonerate Mississippi death row inmate

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Attorneys for Mississippi death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning say they hope DNA tests will exonerate him and get him out of prison.

Manning, now 46, came within hours of execution in 2013.

He was convicted in two sets of slayings in Oktibbeha County.

One conviction, in 1994, was for the killing of two college students in 1992. The other, in 1996, was for the killing two women during a robbery of their apartment in 1993.

Prosecutors recently said they would not put Manning on trial again in the slayings at the apartment, after a witness recanted testimony.

In the case of the slain college students, Manning's attorneys last year sent evidence to a lab for DNA testing. They hope to learn soon whether tests found DNA traceable to Manning.

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