A November 6, 2014 letter to Anthony Melendez from Attorney Reaves states:

“To bring you up to date on your case, we are getting the evidence transferred from the lab in Arkansas, because the individual who was doing the work on it there has moved.  Ms. Rudin has recommended another lab, and believes that this is the best course of action.

At the same time, I am working on putting together either a writ or a Petition for commutation.  We did have a sympathetic ear at the Governor’s office in Mary Ann Wiley, and we will probably lose that at the end of the year.  I am not sure we have enough to persuade her and the board to grant a commutation.  However, I do believe there is enough to pursue a writ, and at least get you back in Court.”


Since the DNA went to the Arkansas lab April 3, 2013, this letter is indeed quite curious.

Reaves writes that there is enough for a writ, yet, as of this writing, there has been no writ filed.

There has been a Petition sent to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, however, this was done in late December.  Since Reaves and Dannen met with Mary Ann Wiiley in 2007 it is quite curious that they waited until December of 2014 to file anything.  A Petition to the Bureau of Pardons and Paroles takes at the earliest, a year.

WHY DNA has not been run in this case is still a mystery and a travesty of justice.




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