Nebraska death row inmate John Lotter today lost an appeal for a DNA test that he hoped would prove his innocence in the murder that inspired the 1999 movie “Boys Don’t Cry,” The Assoicated Press reports. The Nebraska Supreme Court said test results would not establish taht Lotter was wrongly convicted in the death of Brandon Teena.
Teena, 21, was born a woman with the name Teena Brandon, but lived as a man in Nebraska. Prosecutors said he and two witnesses were killed in a farmhouse on New Year’s Eve 1993, after he was raped by Lotter and another man after they discovered his biological identity.
Lotter asserts that his partner, Marvin Nissen, committed the murders. Nissen testified against Lotter and was sentenced to life in prison. Lotter wanted DNA tests on gloves Nissen wore the night of the killings. Lotter received three death sentences and awaits execution.