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FBI Error Prompts Family to Request DNA Testing in 1983 Murder

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Erik Preston promised his dying brother that he’d seek justice.

“I sat with him as he passed away and I kissed him and I told him, I said, ‘I’ll let everybody know that this is not right, this is not true, and you shouldn’t be here,'” his brother, Erick Preston said, according to MyFoxBoston.com. “That’s all they had from the FBI lab, a hair with ‘negroid features’… but he swayed it to make it look like it was my brother’s.”

James Preston spent 26 years in prison for murder before he died. He maintained his innocence the entire time.

Now, news that an FBI analyst made mistakes while on the stand, Preston’s family wants DNA testing.

Preston was largely convicted based on a hair that the FBI analyst wrongly suggested was Preston’s without enough evidence.

Preston was arrested after the discovery of the body of Thea Pierce in January 1983.


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