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Jul 16, 2014 2:28 PM by Associated Press

Judge Rules Against Texas Death Row Inmate

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge has ruled that a death-row inmate probably would have been convicted of killing his girlfriend and her two sons in 1993 even if his original defense attorney had introduced DNA test results.

In a one-page order Tuesday, Judge Steven Emmert in Pampa wrote it's "reasonably probable" that 52-year-old Hank Skinner still would have been found guilty.

Skinner attorney Doug Robinson says he will appeal to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Emmert in February heard defense claims that DNA evidence pointed to someone else.

In an email, Texas Attorney General's Office spokeswoman Lauren Bean says Skinner should "quit delaying justice" and face his punishment.

Skinner was 20 minutes away from being put to death in 2010 when the U.S. Supreme Court stayed his execution.

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