12 November 2019 00:39
ATLANTA — A Georgia man sentenced to die Wednesday has launched another last-ditch appeal aimed at supporting his claims of innocence. Lawyers for Ray Jefferson Cromartie filed papers Friday in federal court in Valdosta asking a judge to stop his execution and order DNA testing on crime scene evidence. Cromartie's lawyers say such tests would support their claims that another man shot and killed a Thomasville convenience store clerk in April 1994. Cromartie says co-defendant Corey Clark pulled the trigger. Prosecutors say Cromartie was directly responsible for the death, meaning his conviction could be overturned if he could prove Clark did it.