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Will new DNA testing solve the case?

Sheri Farmer, whose daughter was one of the Girl Scouts killed in 1997, is baffled by public interest in the slayings.

"If you go to the Internet and type it in, all kinds of things pop up.”

Web forums are crammed with rumors and theories as to who really committed the murders. In some cases, full names of those suspected of being involved are even listed. Books have been written and documentaries produced.

Gene Leroy Hart, a convicted rapist and escaped convict at the time, is the only person ever charged with the murders. Hart was acquitted in March 1979 after an emotionally charged trial.

Hart, 35, died of a heart attack two months later in a prison exercise yard. He is buried in the Little Ballou Cemetery two miles from where the girls were killed.

The truth may have died with Hart, but there are plenty who believe he either didn't act alone or wasn't involved.

New DNA tests by the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation have again brought the mystery to the forefront. Test results are expected to be released within the next few weeks by Mayes County District Attorney Gene Haynes.

Previous DNA tests were inconclusive.

"I don't know who did it,” Sheri Farmer said. "If new DNA testing comes up, go for it. It's a piece of the puzzle. But I don't think it will necessarily give us all the answers.”

Farmer has faith that she will know the truth someday.

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