"A Reno County judge Friday granted a motion for new DNA testing of evidence in the case of a Hutchinson man serving a life sentence in the 2000 strangulation death of his ex-wife.
District Judge Trish Rose found the request by Trevor Corbett met the requirements of the law and granted the motion filed on Corbett’s behalf by the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Postconviction Remedies at the University of Kansas School of Law.
Funding for the testing, which could cost tens of thousands of dollars, will be covered by the Midwest Innocence Project of Kansas City, Missouri, said attorney Elizabeth Seale Cateforis, so there will be no cost to the county or state.
Corbett was not brought back to Reno County for the hearing. But another area man convicted of murder who was exonerated by DNA testing in 2015, Floyd Bledsoe of Burrton, and members of Corbett’s family were there.
Bledsoe said he was a friend of Corbett and he asked the Midwest Innocence Project, which also assisted him, to take up Corbett’s case.
Lawrence attorney Alice Craig argued for the defense that the case always was based on circumstantial evidence, with two primary suspects, and that DNA test results added to the uncertainty."