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8:31 am
Mon August 17, 2009

Cleaning the Record

Hobart, OK – HOBART, Okla. (AP) Gov. Brad Henry is considering whether to expunge the criminal record of man convicted of stabbing a woman 25 years ago in Oklahoma City.

Henry already has granted a pardon to Harold Gene Weatherly in 2007, but a new law allows him to also expunge the man's record, essentially declaring him an innocent man.

Henry spokesman Paul Sund says Henry is sympathetic to Weatherly's situation, but struggling with whether to overturn a jury's decision.

Years after Weatherly's 1984 conviction, the FBI released a report indicating evidence presented at his trial by former Oklahoma City police chemist Joyce Gilchrist was faulty.

Gilchrist linked Weatherly to fibers from the crime scene that the FBI concluded were not a match.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.