By JEFF AMY
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court is overturning a man's three murder convictions, one of which resulted in a death penalty sentence.
Five justices voted Thursday to vacate the convictions of Sherwood Brown and return the case to DeSoto County for a new trial.
Brown's lawyers challenged physical evidence linking him to the deaths of 82-year-old Betty Boyd, her 48-year-old daughter Verline Boyd and 13-year-old Evangela Boyd. The girl was Verline's daughter and Betty's granddaughter. The three were found slain in rural Eudora.
DNA testing of blood on Brown's shoe showed it didn't match blood on the house floor. Defense attorneys also challenged a bite-mark match by embattled analyst Michael West, saying DNA in Evangela Boyd's mouth didn't match Brown.
District Attorney John Champion says he doesn't know yet if he'll re-prosecute.
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