Murder suspect works on defense, challenges DNA evidence

AKRON, Ohio - An Akron murder suspect is working on his legal defense and has challenged DNA evidence in the case.

Earl Mann, 33, is in prison on unrelated rape convictions. He says that the skin DNA evidence in the 1998 slaying of 58-year-old Judith Johnson is inconclusive.

Mann was identified as the suspect after the conviction of Clarence Elkins was overturned on DNA evidence. No charges have been filed against Mann.

Mann is working on his legal defense, pouring over documents in the case.

The prosecutor says that Mann placed himself at the crime scene during police interrogations and he failed lie-detector tests.

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