DNA confirms guilt of man executed in Va.

Jan. 13, 2006 at 7:43 AM
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RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- DNA tests indicate that Roger Keith Coleman, put to death in 1992 in Virginia for a killing he said he didn't commit, was guilty of rape and murder.

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner ordered the DNA tests in one of his last acts as governor. He announced the results Thursday, the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch reported.

"The confirmation that Roger Coleman's DNA was present reaffirms the verdict and the sanction," Warner said in a release. "Again, my prayers are with the family of Wanda McCoy at this time."

McCoy was raped and killed on March 10, 1981. Coleman, McCoy's brother-in-law, was tried and sentenced to death in 1982.

He claimed his innocence even as he was put into the state's electric chair and executed on May 20, 1992.

Warner, who leaves office Saturday, said he ordered the DNA testing to put to rest doubts in the case.

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