Petition Update

Kerry Max Cook Seeks Hearing on Murder Evidence

Jonathan Perri
San Francisco, CA

May 12, 2012 — Former death row inmate and author Kerry Max Cook, whose lawyers are working to officially exonerate him in a 1977 rape and murder, is asking a judge to conduct a hearing to determine what evidence is still available for DNA testing to finally establish his legal innocence.

The request comes after Cook discovered that much of the physical evidence in his case was destroyed and that someone in Smith County law enforcement — there's a dispute over whether it was a former prosecutor or an investigator — kept the murder weapon and samples of Cook's hair as a "souvenir" from the brutal murder of Linda Jo Edwards.