NAACP, lawmakers and clergy urge Weirich to test DNA in Pervis Payne case

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 31, 2020 5:15 PM CT | Published: August 31, 2020 4:32 PM CT
<strong>Van Turner, first vice president for the Memphis chapter of the NAACP, speaks at a press conference urging Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich to test the DNA in the 1987 murder case of Pervis Payne. Payne, a black man with an intellectual disability, was convicted of killing a woman and her daughter. Payne, who&nbsp; maintains his innocence, is scheduled for execution on Dec. 3.</strong> (Houston Cofield/Special to the Daily Memphian)

Van Turner, first vice president for the Memphis chapter of the NAACP, speaks at a press conference urging Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich to test the DNA in the 1987 murder case of Pervis Payne. Payne, a black man with an intellectual disability, was convicted of killing a woman and her daughter. Payne, who maintains his innocence, is scheduled for execution on Dec. 3. (Houston Cofield/Special to the Daily Memphian)

The NAACP, lawmakers, clergy and criminal justice advocates urge Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich to test DNA evidence in the Pervis Payne case. 

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Yolanda Jones

Yolanda Jones

Yolanda Jones covers criminal justice issues and general assignment news for The Daily Memphian. She previously was a reporter at The Commercial Appeal.


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