2nd trial begins for man given death sentence

By Penny Cockerell Published: June 7, 2006
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ADA - Jury selection begins today in the second murder trial of Glen Dale Gore, whose conviction and death sentence were overturned in August by the Court of Criminal Appeals.

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Gore, 46, is accused of first-degree murder in the 1982 rape and strangulation of Deborah Sue "Debbie" Carter, 21, a high school acquaintance who was seen shoving him away in the parking lot of the club where she worked hours before her death.

This will be the fourth murder trial endured by the victim's family in what has become a 23-year saga involving two wrongful convictions of other men, followed by Gore's 2003 conviction and death sentence, and now Gore's second chance in court.

The Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that Gore wasn't allowed to present evidence that others might have committed the crime, so he is entitled to a new trial.

The emotionally charged case prompted former Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Richard Wintory to leave his position as a prosecutor in Tucson, Ariz.


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A tale of two cases

Investigators in the deaths of Jewell "Juli" Busken and Deborah Sue Carter used DNA profiles.

  • In Busken's case, semen samples were taken from underwear she was wearing when she was found and a pink leotard found near her body. Those samples matched a DNA sample taken from Anthony Castillo Sanchez, who was tested in an unrelated case.

  • In Carter's case, semen and hair from jeans yielded DNA evidence, which exonerated two men and implicated a third. Glen Gore is accused in the 1982 killing.

    How DNA profiling works

    DNA is an abbreviation of deoxyribonucleic acid, found in all cells and in many viruses. DNA codes genetic information for the transmission of inherited traits.

  • The DNA is extracted and purified from cells from sources such as skin, blood and hair.

  • The DNA is cut at specific points with substances called restriction enzymes. This produces fragments of varying lengths.

  • The pieces of DNA are placed on a gel and subjected to an electric current. This sorts them according to size.

  • The fragments are then subjected to a blotting technique in which they are split into single strands and transferred to a nylon sheet.

  • The fragments are exposed to DNA probes — pieces of synthetic DNA that have been made radioactive and that bind to certain spots.

  • A piece of X-ray film is then exposed to the fragments, and a dark mark is produced at any point where a radioactive probe has become attached. Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica

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