Chronicle-Telegram- Elyria, OH
An Elyria man serving a life sentence for the May 1999 murder of Angela Galloway is asking a county judge to allow him to have his DNA tested in the hopes it will clear him.
But county Prosecutor Dennis Will, who worked the case while still an Elyria police officer, said there’s no real evidence that could be tested that would clear 47-year-old Ray Smith Jr., who is no relation to the Ray Smith whose sentence was just reduced to life in prison.
Smith’s attorneys, who work for the Ohio Innocence Project, which seeks to use DNA evidence to clear innocent people serving prison time, contend that the testing could lead to Smith’s release from prison.
Will said Smith and Galloway worked together at Friendly’s Restaurant on Broad Street and the pair was working together the night of the murder.
Police determined that Smith killed Galloway and then stuffed her body in the trunk of her car and parked it in an EMH Regional Medical Center parking lot to cover up the fact that he had robbed the restaurant.
Police recovered money stolen from the restaurant at Smith’s apartment, Will said.