Man Set Free Of Rape and Murder After 16 Years

A Colorado man was exonerated and set free after spending 16 years in prison after being convicted of rape and murder. You can read more about it here. The man was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of a woman found strangled with a dog leash. He was exonerated on the basis of new DNA evidence.

An interesting note in the case is that DNA testing had been done in the case. However new testing found another suspect. The latest DNA testing ruled out the man as the source of blood found on a shirt that also bore blood stains from the victim. The original DNA analysis had already excluded him as the source of semen recovered from the crime scene and of scrapings taken from under the victim’s fingernails, however a jury had still convicted him. New analysis showed additional samples matched the DNA of another man who is serving a life sentence without parole for a1989 rape and strangulation.

In Texas this could have been charged as a Capital Murder (a Murder in the course of committing an Aggravated Sexual Assault)  and possibly led to the death penalty. It is a good example that innocent people can and do get convicted of crimes that they did not commit. Remember, in this particular case DNA excluded the man as the source of semen recovered and fingernail scrapings from the victim.

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