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DNA test to change the fate of death row inmate?

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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (Fox13) -

It stands almost hidden behind a wall of tall weeds in Eudora, Mississippi. A dilapidated house once the scene of a horrendous triple murder, today remains eerily untouched inside as if time has stood still for the last 19 years.

What happened on Boyd Road on January 7th, 1993 remains horrifically unforgettable to the family of 81-year-old retired teacher Betty Boyd. Boyd, her daughter-in-law, 49-year-old Verline, and her granddaughter, 13-year-old Evangela Boyd were found hacked to death inside the older Boyd's home. One of the first to arrive on the scene was Boyd's son, Jerry, then a Mississippi State Trooper.

"By my first experience at something like this right here. It's tough. It's tough. Words can't describe the feeling I have right now," said Jerry Boyd in 1993.

But, for the past 17 years, the man convicted for the slayings, Sherwood Dwayne Brown, has refused to "let it rest" because as a death row inmate his life depends on keeping the case alive. Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court agreed to allow Brown 30 days to file a motion in DeSoto County Circuit Court, ordering that court to determine if any biological evidence exists that might warrant DNA testing on the body of Evangela Boyd.

At Brown's trial the evidence of a sexual assault of the child was an underlying felony which garnered him the death penalty tacked on to two life sentences for the other murders. Brown has claimed he had an accomplice who sexually assaulted her. Yet, he's never named that accomplice. Relatives of Betty Boyd remain extremely skeptical of Brown's assertion.

Meanwhile, despite unsuccessful family efforts to clean up, Sharon Boyd says nearly everything inside the crime victim's house remains where it was found on the day of the murderers. It's still a place where the spirits have yet to rest as long as the man who took their lives clings to his.

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