YORK (AP) — A man convicted of killing a York County woman in 1981 is again asking for DNA testing that he says might point to the real killer.
William Hullett, 67, was in court in York on Monday seeking to clear his name, The Herald of Rock Hill reported.
Bessie Kate Alexander, 69, was killed in 1981 at her home outside Smyrna.
Hullett has been in prison since his 1982 conviction.
His lawyers from the Wisconsin Innocence Project suggest that similarities between the deaths of Alexander and two other elderly women who were killed in 1981 in western York County suggests the same person committed all the crimes.
University of Wisconsin law professor Byron Lichstein wants evidence slides from the deaths of Alexander, Mary Ring and Melva Niell tested to see if Hullett’s DNA is found. If testing shows Hullett’s DNA, Lichstein said he would drop the appeal.
Prosecutors say Hullett confessed both to police and his first lawyers in 1982 before pursuing an insanity defense.
Prosecutors also point out that Sterling Spann already had been convicted of killing Niell. The Ring case has not been solved.
Spann served almost 18 years on death row for killing Niell in Clover at about the same time Alexander was killed. His conviction was overturned after his lawyers argued that a serial killer had attacked all three women.
Spann was in jail after his arrest for Niell’s death when Alexander was killed.
He pleaded guilty before a new trial, despite maintaining his innocence. He was paroled in 2006.
Prosecutor Kevin Brackett said Spann’s legal team had tried to pin all three killings on Hullett.
Circuit Court Judge John C. Hayes III heard Monday’s arguments but made no decision.