DNA tests confirm guilt of executed manGov. Warner decided he'd sacrifice the emotional well-being of the McCoy family and dredge this horrific saga up from the past in order to make a bit of history. He failed. On both counts.
By Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press
RICHMOND -- New DNA tests confirmed the guilt of a man who went to his death in Virginia's electric chair in 1992 proclaiming his innocence, Gov. Mark Warner said yesterday.
The case had been closely watched by both sides in the death penalty debate because no executed convict in the United States has ever been exonerated by scientific testing.
The tests, ordered by the governor earlier this month, prove Roger Keith Coleman was guilty of the 1981 rape and murder of his sister-in-law, said Mr. Warner, a Democrat.
Coleman was convicted and sentenced to death in 1982 for the murder of 19-year-old Wanda McCoy, his wife's sister, who was found raped, stabbed and nearly beheaded in her home in the coal mining town of Grundy, Va. (link)
Shame on him.