SAN DIEGO — A T-shirt splattered with the blood of death row inmate Kevin Cooper and two murder victims must be tested for a preservative that, if found, could possibly indicate tampering by law enforcement officials, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Friday.
Judge Marilyn Huff ordered tests for the blood preservative known as EDTA at the request of Cooper's attorneys and over the objection of state prosecutors.
Cooper, convicted of the 1983 murders of three members of a Chino Hills family and their 10-year-old house guest, was issued a stay of execution Feb. 9 by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 16 hours before he was scheduled to die.
The 9th Circuit urged Huff to order both the EDTA testing on the T-shirt and DNA tests on hairs found on the victims. The hair results were announced last week, showing all 13 tested probably belonged to the victims.