Zeigler v. StateAnnotate this Case
In 1976, Defendant was convicted of the first-degree murders of his wife Eunice Zeigler and Charlie Mays and the second-degree murders of his in-laws, Perry and Virginia Edwards. In 2001, the trial court granted Defendant's motion for DNA testing for the purposes of clemency proceedings. After the testing was completed, Defendant filed a motion to vacate his sentences, arguing that the presence of Perry's blood on Mays' clothing corroborated his testimony that Mays was a perpetrator rather than a victim. The trial court denied the motion, and the Supreme Court affirmed. In 2009, Defendant filed a motion for postconviction DNA testing requesting further testing of the victims' clothing. Following an evidentiary hearing, the circuit court denied Defendant's motion. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that Defendant had not met his burden of showing how the results of the DNA testing would give rise to a reasonable probability of a different outcome.