The attorney representing an Idaho death row inmate scheduled to die in two weeks says he has passed a polygraph test that proves he’s innocent.
Richard Leavitt was convicted of the 1984 stabbing murder of Blackfoot resident Danette Elg. He is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on June 12.
But Leavitt has long maintained his innocence in the case, and now his attorney, David Nevin, is asking the federal court to accept a polygraph test as proof of that claim. Polygraph tests are typically not admissible as evidence in court.
Nevin is also asking for the court to allow DNA testing on some evidence from the crime scene. The judge has previously turned down the request, saying he doubted the “proposed testing would bring favorable results.” But Nevin contends that it’s not possible to know what, if anything, the DNA testing will reveal until it’s completed. (AP)