Judge denies DNA test for Georgia inmate facing execution

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Jimmy Fletcher Meders

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A judge in Georgia has rejected a request for DNA tests that defense attorneys say could spare an inmate from execution next week.

Fifty-eight-year-old Jimmy Fletcher Meders is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Jan. 16.

Meders says he’s not the one who fatally shot cashier Don Anderson at a convenience store in coastal Glynn County in 1987.

His attorneys asked Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett to order DNA tests on the revolver used in the slaying, saying they believed skin cells on the gun would match another man.

Scarlett sided with attorneys for the state who argued plenty of evidence pointed to Meders and called the motion for DNA testing a delay tactic.

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