Shawn Nolan, one of Cromartie’s attorneys, renewed calls for DNA testing on Wednesday. “The public has a strong interest in allowing DNA testing because the execution of an innocent person would be the gravest miscarriage of justice.”
The question of who pulled the trigger at Junior Food Store in Thomasville, near the Florida border, has been in dispute for 25 years.
Cromartie says it was co-defendant Corey Clark; Clark testified that it was Cromartie.
Clark and getaway driver, Thad Lucas, both testified for the state, avoiding the death penalty and murder charges. They have been free from prison since the early 2000s.
Clark, who has been wanted for an alleged parole violation since 2015, couldn’t be reached for comment. Lucas said last week he still wasn’t sure who the shooter was, because he couldn’t see what happened from the car.
The Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson, which houses the state’s execution chamber. (Ben Gray/ AJC file photo)