Judge could decide if evidence needs to be tested for DNA in Pervis Payne case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A judge could decide whether evidence needs to be tested for DNA in a decades old murder case. It involves a Millington man who’s on death row after being convicted of killing a woman and her two-year-old daughter. In 1987, Pervis Payne was convicted of stabbing 28-year-old Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old […]

Pervis Payne family hopes DNA will provide truth in murder mystery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Pervis Payne, a death row inmate who is set for execution in December, is heading back to a Shelby County courtroom in hopes it will lead to his freedom. A jury convicted Payne for the murders of 28-year-old Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie, in their Millington apartment in 1987. Christopher’s […]

Judge grants request for DNA testing in case of man convicted in Millington murder

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A criminal court judge on Wednesday granted a request for post-conviction DNA analysis to an inmate sentenced to death row in a decades-old Millington murder case. Judge Paula Skahan decided that DNA testing was warranted in the case of Pervis Payne after reviewing his attorneys’ petition, a response from the state and […]

Judge will decide if DNA will be tested in Millington death-row case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s now up to a judge to decide if evidence should be tested for DNA in the case of Pervis Payne, a man who’s served decades behind bars in a murder case.  Payne, who was convicted of killing Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter at a Millington apartment back in 1988, is […]

Tennessee inmates ask court to stop scheduling executions

NASHVILLE, Tenn – A Memphis man is one of nine death row inmates asking a state court to stop scheduling executions. Tony Carruthers was forced to represent himself at a trial in 1994 after he and another man were convicted of killing three people in an illegal drug trade in Memphis. A court filing says […]