Judge Orders New DNA Tests On Cigarette Butt Found At Scene Of 1990 Double Murder

UPDATED: Friday December 20, 2013 8:51 AM

A judge has ordered new DNA testing on a cigarette butt found near the scene of a 1990 double murder for which a northeast Ohio man was sentenced to death.

The ruling by Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow was a victory for condemned killer Tyrone Noling, whose appeal is backed by the Ohio Innocence Project.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Enlow's ruling Thursday requires new DNA tests on a cigarette butt found in the driveway at the home of the elderly victims, Bearnhardt and Cora Hartig.

Enlow's order calls for the tests to be done by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci has previously argued test results would be meaningless since initial tests at trial excluded Noling as the contributor.

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