Death Row Inmate Wants New Trial
Eddyville, KY – A death row inmate is claiming "junk science" helped convict him of two 1989 killings in Laurel County.
Ronnie Bowling is asking for a new trial.
Bowling's appeal is based on the testimony of an FBI agent who testified that lead in the bullets used in the killings matched cartridges found in Bowling's home.
A national research council panel found last year that FBI examiners repeatedly had failed to tell juries that bullet matches made on lead comparisons might be mere coincidence.
After the report came out, the FBI suspended its lead analysis used in 2,500 cases.
Prosecutors say other evidence exists that helped convict Bowling.
Bowling is awaiting execution for the murders of 28 year old Ronald Smith and 48 year old Marvin Hensley.