The students interviewed Andrea Reed, the prosecution's star witness at the time of the trial who said Skinner told her he killed Busby. Reed later recanted her testimony and told Protess' group she "felt pressured" by prosecutors to implicate Skinner.
Four lower courts have overturned Skinner's earlier appeal. The Supreme Court is not concerned about the facts of the case, but only whether Skinner was denied his Constitutional right to evidence that could free him, or if he's just trying to game the system after the fact.
"This is an attack on the criminal proceeding," said Gregory Coleman, the lawyer representing Texas.
"The moment you file the complaint through discovery, through every substantive aspect of that, what Mr. Skinner wants to do is say, I want to engage in artful pleading, and so I'm going to make attacks. Today they are on DNA evidence, tomorrow they may be a Brady claim, next week it may be a claim against procedures used in State habeas; but as long as I don't expressly ask that my custody be undone, expect those claims to be allowed to go forward…," he said.
Skinner maintains his innocence and believes the DNA testing will prove he has been kept unjust in prison for 15 years.
"I never got to grieve for my girlfriend's loss," he told ABC News. "I woke up, my family was dead, and I am holding the bag for something I didn't do. I have lost 15 years of my life sitting here for something that I didn't do, and now they still want to kill me even though I have exculpatory evidence that proves my innocence. It is all something out of the Twilight Zone; I tell my lawyers this all the time, it is like Tales from the Dark Side. It doesn't make any rational sense and like I told the people who interviewed me, you can ponder it and go insane or you can live each day, breath by breath and that's what I do."