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Man Accused of Murder Wants DNA Evidence Thrown Out

Man Accused of Murder Wants DNA Evidence Thrown Out

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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- A man accused of murder in the 1980 death of his coworker's wife testified today in hopes of getting DNA evidence in the case thrown out.

Edward Lewis Owens says police used threats and force to get him to provide the sample more than two decades ago.

Owens was arrested earlier this year in the death of 25-year-old Karin Strom.

Owens was charged after DNA testing matched his sample with DNA found underneath Strom's fingernails. Owens' defense attorney Michael Studebaker says the samples shouldn't be presented to a jury because police didn't have a warrant.

Judge Jon Memmott is allowing both sides to continue their arguments in court filings and has scheduled a review of the issue for July 2.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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