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Clallam judge orders DNA tests on bullet from 1993 shooting

PORT ANGELES - A Clallam County Superior Court judge has ordered DNA tests on a bullet, which could lead to a new trial for a convicted murderer now on death row at Walla Walla State Penitentiary.

The Peninsula Daily News reported that Judge Ken Williams granted the request by the attorney for Darold Stensen, who was convicted of fatally shooting his wife and his business partner near Sequim in 1993.

Williams on Thursday permitted tests on a bullet in the chamber of a revolver used in the killings.

In May, Williams stayed Stenson’s execution until Aug. 25 to allow 15 pieces of evidence to be DNA-tested. Those tests failed to prove anyone other than Stenson was the killer. But in July, the state Supreme Court issued an indefinite stay over possible evidence contamination. That evidence concerns bloodstained clothing and not the bullet.

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