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Source:  Los Angeles Times

California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday ordered new tests of physical evidence in the case of Kevin Cooper, whose high profile quadruple-murder conviction three decades ago has come into question in recent years.

Brown said in a statement that he was directing “limited retesting of certain physical evidence in the case and appointing a retired judge as a special master to oversee this testing, its scope and protocols.”

The case dates to 1983, when three members of the Ryen family and an unrelated boy, 11-year-old Christopher Hughes, were found hacked and slashed to death in a Chino Hills home.

Cooper has maintained his innocence throughout the case and has claimed that law enforcement planted evidence and ignored statements by witnesses that pointed to other possible suspects. He’s lost more than a dozen appeals.

Cooper’s case was featured in a 2015 episode of “Death Row Stories” and a 2004 episode of “48 Hours.”

Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.

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