10/02/2001
Oklahoma: DNA tests don't match with convict

WAGONER, Okla. â€" A man sent to prison for life 18 years ago will be released
later this month after DNA analysis showed hair evidence used to convict him
of murder wasn't a match.

Prosecutors agreed in Wagoner County District Court on Monday to the release
of Albert Wesley Brown, 39, on Oct. 16. They requested six months to decide
whether enough other evidence exists to retry him.

Mr. Brown received a life term for the 1981 murder of retired Tulsa
firefighter Earl Taylor.

He was convicted of the 1981 murder of retired Tulsa firefighter Earl
Taylor.

During the trial, prosecutors contended that hair in the gag in Mr. Taylor's
mouth was linked to Mr. Brown. But new DNA analysis, conducted by an
independent laboratory in Pennsylvania at the behest of defense lawyers,
found the hair was not Mr. Brown's.

An investigator also testified at trial that four hairs found in the trunk
of a car driven by Mr. Brown were consistent with the victim's. The new DNA
analysis also found that to be false.