Police: DNA results in murder case aren’t alarming

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — The lead detective in a 2000 murder case in which two imprisoned men are asserting their innocence is dismissing DNA results that excluded them.

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Detective George Sprinkle says in a videotaped deposition for the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission that he saw the DNA results. But he says in his 34 years of law enforcement, 60 percent of the evidence sent to the State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab comes back with inconclusive results.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Tuesday about the evidence, which the commission posted online this week.

Reminded by a commission attorney during the deposition that the results excluded Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxsin, Sprinkle said that’s not alarming for the prosecution’s case.

The commission has recommended the innocence claims go to a three-judge panel.

Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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