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Defense disappointed with DNA tests for suspect in Atlanta child killings

A defense lawyer says he's disappointed new DNA testing in the decades-old Atlanta child slayings hasn't been able to clear his client.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A defense lawyer says he's disappointed new DNA testing in the decades-old Atlanta child slayings hasn't been able to clear his client.

According to a new FBI report, DNA tests of a hair found on a victim provided no definitive link to a convicted killer suspected in the case, but he can't be excluded, either.

Wayne Williams, who was convicted of killing two people and blamed for nearly two dozen others in the late 1970s and early 1980s, has always maintained his innocence.

His attorney requested the mitochondrial DNA tests, which were not available when Williams went to trial in 1982. Lynn Whatley says he's disappointed the results weren't more conclusive.

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