Conviction upheld in cold case solved by bloody dollar bill

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court is upholding a murder conviction in the death of a gas-station clerk that was solved using DNA in blood on a dollar bill.

The high court on Thursday dismissed arguments the verdict should be overturned because prosecutors didn’t prove the bill came from the scene.

While the justices acknowledged weak points in the two-decade-old chain of evidence, they said there was no proof it was tainted.

Authorities say Glenn Howard Griffin tied up 22-year-old Bradley Newell Perry and killed him during a graveyard shift in 1984, but two customers drove up before he could get away.

Prosecutors say Griffin handed them the bloody money as change while posing as a gas-station worker. The customers gave it to police, but the crime went unsolved until it was tested for DNA in 2005.

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