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A week before his scheduled execution, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a stay of execution for Brett Hartmann. From the opinion which was released Monday: "We find a brief stay of Hartmann’s execution is appropriate to permit a determination regarding whether further evidentiary development will support his claim of actual innocence."

Specifically, the judges’ opinion mentions the likely perjured testimony of the jailhouse snitch and the DNA from the crime scene which may implicate Snipes’ boyfriend.

Hartmann received the good news during a visit with his family, who had come to say some final goodbyes. Phil Trexler over at the Beacon Journal was in the room when Hartmann’s family got the good news.

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