A court in Lamar County on Tuesday granted a new trial to a man who was convicted of killing a teenage girl in 2001.
Lawyers for Danny Holloway sought a new trial their client, saying the evidence that he stabbed 17-year-old Ashley Lee at a large gathering in Paris was inconclusive.
The knife that was introduced as evidence at the trial was not found to have any of Ashley's blood on it, according to an analysis by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
"There is a reasonable probability the serrated blade knife with a brown wood handle was the piece of tangible evidence the jury relied upon to convict Holloway of the crime," according to thr ruling released Tuesday by Judge Eric Clifford of the 6th Judicial District Court.
"Relief should be and is hereby granted and Danny Hollway is granted a new trial," the judge recommended.
The Court of Criminal Appeals will decide whether that new trial will take place.
Meanwhile, Holloway can be released after posting a $75,000 bond.