Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The pertinent portion of Mississippi's postconviction DNA testing statute, Miss. Code Ann. § 99-39-5(2)(ii), allows for postconviction DNA testing
even if the petitioner pled guilty or nolo contendere, or confessed or admitted to a crime.
So, where does that leave pleading defendants?
As the language of the statute makes clear, any type confession/admission/plea does not preclude a defendant from seeking postconviction DNA testing. Instead, pleading defendants can seek such testing.