Murderer Wants DNA Testing 35 Years After Conviction

Posted 1:55 am  Friday, March 02, 2012

By KENNETH DEAN
Tyler Morning Telegraph Staff Writer

Attorneys for Kerry Max Cook have filed new motions in the decades-old murder case that Cook was sent to death row for in 1994, asking for Judge Jack Skeen Jr. to be recused from the case and for post-conviction forensic DNA testing to be done.

The motions filed this week in the 241st District Court cite “systematic corruption and egregious misconduct” as reasons they are asking for Skeen to be removed from the case and for a judge from outside Smith County to be appointed to hear the motion seeking new testing.

Cook, who has been free since 1998, was arrested for the 1977 homicide of Linda Jo Edwards.

Police found Ms. Edwards' body the morning of June 10, 1977, in her apartment on Old Bullard Road. She had been beaten in the head with a plaster statue, stabbed in the throat, chest and back more than 25 times and sexually mutilated.

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