Robert Pruett recieved the stay, his third in as many years, to allow for further DNA tests to be conducted on the weapon he is supposed to have used to kill corrections officer Daniel Nagle 16-years ago. His defence team are hoping modern developments in DNA testing will reveal if the DNA of the actual killer is present. The shank (a crude name for a handmade prison weapon) was tested at the time of the murder, but only the DNA of the victim was found. Pruett's team are hopeful today's technology will enable any other DNA present on either end of the weapon to be found. The team seem convinced that the taped end of the weapon will have stored even a small amount of skin cells from the true murderer - a test that was not available 16-years ago. This would exonerate Robert Pruett of the crime he has always steadfastly denied committing.
News of the stay was reported so quickly via Twitter (and my little Blog) that even the Texas Criminal Justice Service were unaware of the development. There is currently no news on a potential time limit for the DNA testing.