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After 3 decades on SC death row, man might go free

After spending nearly 3 decades on SC death row for woman's death, handyman gets bail hearing By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ' A mentally disabled man who spent nearly 30 years on South Carolina's death row is getting a bail hearing because of a single strand of hair.

The hair does not exonerate Edward Lee Elmore in the stabbing death of a widow he worked for. But it has raised enough doubt to win him a new trial and a bail hearing Friday.

That raises the possibility that he could leave prison after three decades. His sentence has already been overturned three times on appeals, including a reduction from death to life in prison.



Elmore was convicted of killing Dorothy Edwards in 1982. Her body was found in a closet in her home, stabbed 52 times.

At the bond hearing, Elmore faces murder and sexual assault charges.


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