Convicted killer on death row asks for new trial - FOX 35 News Orlando

Convicted killer on death row asks for new trial

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Clemente Aguirre is asking a judge to throw out his conviction and death sentence for murdering two women in Longwood in 2004, saying new DNA evidence should clear him and pin the murder on a family member of the victims.

A woman and grandmother were murdered by the illegal immigrant from Honduras, but he says he never killed them and that the woman's daughter, Samantha Williams, did. Williams took the stand in a hearing Wednesday, sometimes struggling with the questions she was asked.

At issue in the hearing were eight spots of blood with Williams' DNA found in the home.  She had trouble remembering at times questions from the defense attorneys, but had no problem admitting her DNA was in the home.

"Your DNA gets put everywhere. If, I sneeze, I get a bloody nose. There's my DNA. I lived in the house 26 years, my DNA is there ma'am. How would my DNA not be there?" she said.  "I busted windows out of my house with my hands and my head. I had stitches many times, um I have many scars from it when I used to have anger issues."

Williams said she has been committed to mental institutions via the Baker Act more than 60 times and has trouble remembering things.

Aguirre's defense team struggled at times to get answers out of Williams and the other witnesses who were called on Wednesday. They also heard from a doctor who had treated Williams in the past, but the public was not allowed to hear that testimony.  The judge will decide at a later date if that testimony will be admissible as evidence.

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