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Sunday, February 26th, 2006 • Filed under Murderers

Remember the OJ Simpson trial? I sure do. From the time I woke up to the moment just before I fell asleep, it was always on my TV. Whenever I’d get in my car and drive to work or run an errand, there were constant updates on the radio. When I had to go to the bathroom, there was an evil little dwarf that morphed out of the drain to give me Keith Olberman’s take on Marcia Clark’s opening statement. I can still see him in my sleep. Anyway, they talked a lot about DNA evidence especially that little dwarf. I swear if I see him again, I’ll strangle him with my bare hands.

CARSON CITY (Las Vegas Review-Journal) — A Reno man who voluntarily submitted DNA evidence to support his claim of innocence in a robbery case could not later prohibit the same sample from being used to convict him of a separate murder charge, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The opinion by a three-judge panel upholds the 2004 murder conviction of Willie Herman. However, Herman will get a new sentencing hearing because of an unrelated error in that phase of his trial. Herman was sentenced to life without the chance for parole for the murder of Leslie Carter in a Reno park in 1997.

Herman voluntarily gave his DNA sample over to the police for a burglary charge and after they ran a criminal check on it without his knowledge, it pinged back to this murder rap. At the trial, the prosecutor then ripped off Herman’s mask to reveal the identity of the true monster, Old Man Withers who runs the abandoned amusement park.

His defense attorneys are claiming in the appeal that the DNA obtained for the burglary charge couldn’t be used for the murder charge because it proves that he did it.

But the Appeals Court ruled that it doesn’t matter if he was giving his DNA for a murder case or jaywalking charge. Once he turned it over, he waived any and all privacy rights. The bad news for him is he’ll have to be punished for his crimes against humanity. The good news for him is he’ll be rewarded for it when “CSI’s” producers buy the TV rights from him.

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