Convicted Dexter killer’s DNA appeal gets green light

Posted May 05, 2011, at 10:51 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s highest court has overturned a lower court ruling that denied a Dexter man’s petition for DNA testing of items belonging to an alternative suspect in connection with his 2002 murder convictions for killing his ex-girlfriend and a toddler she was baby-sitting.

Jeffrey Cookson is serving two life sentences for the 2001 execution-style shooting deaths of 20-year-old Mindy Gould and 21-month-old Treven Cunningham.

Cookson asked a lower court to require DNA testing on clothes and other items worn by a man who claimed to have killed Gould and the boy, but later recanted.

The lower court denied his request, but the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday vacated that decision and sent the case back to the lower court for further consideration.

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