FBI: Analyst 'overstated' evidence in murders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The FBI has concluded that an analyst "overstated the significance" of evidence matching bullets used in two killings to those found in possession of a man now on death row for the killings.

The FBI made the disclosure in a letter filed in the case of Kentucky death row inmate Ronnie Lee Bowling, 39, who was convicted of two murders in Laurel County in 1989 in part based on testimony that bullets found in Bowling's home matched those used to two men.

Bowling's attorneys filed the letter with the Kentucky Supreme Court and in a federal appeal in federal district court in London, Ky., last week. They want the Kentucky Supreme Court to overturn Bowling's convictions in the deaths of 28-year-old Ronald L. Smith and 48-year-old Marvin Hensley.

The Kentucky Supreme Court's next scheduled date to hand down rulings is Sept. 18.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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