DNA Could Clear Man In 1981 Stabbing Death

CORSICANA (AP) – A man convicted three decades ago of stabbing a woman more than 40 times could soon be freed thanks to DNA testing.

Randolph Arledge has spent half of his life in prison due to a 1984 murder conviction. Prosecutors and Arledge’s attorneys at the national Innocence Project will ask a judge Monday to recommend that the 58-year-old Arledge go free.

Arledge was given 99 years for the 1981 death of Carolyn Armstrong, whose body was found on a dirt road in Navarro County, southeast of Dallas.

Investigators focused on Arledge after two co-conspirators in an armed robbery said he had admitted to stabbing someone. One of them later recanted. DNA from a hairnet found in Armstrong’s car was a near-perfect match for another man now at large.

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