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February 22, 2019

Governor Newsom issues Executive Order

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order for additional testing in the Kevin Cooper case.  This order includes more testing on more hairs, blood, fingernail scrapings and a green button.  

San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson was disappointed by this, and said, "Our office, and particularly the surviving victim and the other victims' surviving family members, are disappointed with the Governor's Order.  Unfortunately, over time it seems the victims' desire for justice in this case matters less and less.  This Office did not feel any additional DNA testing should have been ordered for all the reasons we outlined in our opposition papers over the past ten years." 

"This Office concurs in the jury's verdict as well as the rulings of the trial judge, the California Supreme Court, and the reviewing Federal Courts.  Post-trial evidentiary hearings and previous additional DNA testing have all confirmed Mr. Cooper is solely responsible for the murders of Douglas Ryen, Peggy Ryen, Jessica Ryen, Christopher Hughes, and the attempted murder of Joshua Ryen.  Prior DNA testing that Mr. Cooper sought, agreed to and claimed would exonerate him have all confirmed Mr. Cooper's guilt and that Mr. Cooper's allegations of evidence tampering were unfounded."

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