Man set to die in Elyria girl's death files suit for DNA testing


COLUMBUS — The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has filed a federal lawsuit that seeks to delay next week's execution of a death row inmate who wants DNA testing.

Darryl Durr is scheduled to die April 20 for raping and strangling a 16-year-old Elyria girl in 1988.

The ACLU says a Cuyahoga County court last year allowed DNA testing on some items but refused to allow it on a necklace found on the victim. The lawsuit filed today seeks an order to prevent Ohio from executing Durr until the court rules on an appeal in the matter.

Durr maintains his innocence. He was convicted largely on the testimony of a girlfriend who says she saw the victim tied up in his car and that Durr also confessed.

A message seeking comment was left for the Ohio attorney general's office.

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