DNA testing for a 13 year old murder case in Bartlesville

Sunday, December 14th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Bartlesville-AP) -- A judge is allowing possible further DNA tests in a 13-year-old Bartlesville murder case.

Norman attorney Mark Barrett says DNA testing last year on evidence in the 1990 slaying of Sandra Jo Allen raised questions that could be answered through additional analysis.

A jury convicted Stephen Lee Allen of killing his wife, but he has maintained his innocence.

His attorney says there was male DNA that didn't belong to Steve Allen under the victim's fingernails.

District Judge Jan Dreiling declined Barrett's request to search for evidence. But he will allow him to file affidavits requiring Bartlesville Police and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to reveal what evidence is available for testing.

Barrett previously requested testing of glass, blood swabs and a patio door facing. The items were not found in earlier searches of local and state evidence offices.