DNA test matches inmate on death row in ’91 Whiteville crime


WHITEVILLE, NC (AP) — Recent DNA tests have linked a North Carolina death row inmate to a crime for which he has long claimed innocence.

The News and Observer reports that lawyers for Norfolk “Fuzzy” Best found six boxes of evidence in 2012 in the attic of Whiteville City Hall that hadn’t been shared in Bests’ 1993 trial. They wrote in court filings that they hoped biological samples could prove Best’s innocence.

Best was found guilty of stabbing to death Leslie and Gertrude Baldwin in their Whiteville home in 1991.

Recent test results from Sorenson Forensics in Utah show a vaginal swab taken from Gertrude Baldwin contains sperm that matches Best’s DNA.

Best told lawyer Mike Unti that the test results are not accurate and that he is innocent.

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