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Zimmerman's DNA Found on Gun: The Associated Press reports the gun used in the alleged self-defense killing of Trayvon Martin had traces of George Zimmerman's DNA on the grip and holster Wednesday. Martin's DNA was not on the grip of the gun, and no determination could be made in regards to the holster. Zimmerman admits to shooting Martin, but claims it was self-defense. Zimmerman said Martin got on top of him, slammed his head into the ground and smothering his nose and mouth. Zimmerman then grabbed the gun in the holster on his waist before Martin could get to it and shot him once in the chest. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder.

Death Row Inmate Requests Reconsideration for Clemency:
Karen Langley of the Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau reports Terrance Williams attorneys filed a request Monday to have the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons reconsider their rejection of clemency. Williams' attorneys claim a Philadelphia Deputy DA dishonestly answered a Board member's question about an allegation that prosecutors persuaded Williams' co-defendant to testify against him in exchange for parole. The prosecutor, Thomas Dolgenos, said the claim is ridiculous.  "What I told the board yesterday, that is absolutely true."   Williams is scheduled to be executed Oct. 3 but the next hearing regarding reconsideration is not until Dec. 12.  Williams has asked the court to expedite a decision to his request. Update to this news scan.

WI DOJ Seeks to Expand DNA Database: WEAU News headlines the Wisconsin Department of Justice wants to expand DNA collection to include not only anyone convicted of a felony, but also anyone arrested for a felony or convicted of a misdemeanor.

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