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Wyoming House advances non-DNA exoneration bill

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The House advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow felons to file motions for new trials based on newly discovered non-DNA evidence.

Lawmakers approved House Bill 211 on a voice vote on its first of three readings in the chamber.

The state currently allows felons to get a new trial only if there is new DNA evidence. Felons also have a five-year period to file an appeal after their conviction.

But Rep. Charles Pelkey, D-Laramie, the sponsor of the bill, said after that time there is not much that could be done for those seeking to be exonerated using non-DNA evidence.

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