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sexta-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2014

Bitemark x DNA

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Nearly 20 years after listening as a jury found him guilty of a murder he denied committing, Gerard Richardson on Tuesday heard a judge apologetically dismiss his case after DNA testing showed that a bite mark that played a key role in his conviction couldn't be linked to him.
"I wish I had words for this event, but I don't," state Superior Court Judge Julie Marino said. "You've been through a tremendous ordeal, one that none of us in this room can relate to. I hope this won't be the defining moment of your life, but that it becomes an anecdote."
Richardson was released on bail in late October on the strength of DNA testing done by the Innocence Project that showed that a bite mark taken from the back of the victim in 1994 couldn't be matched to Richardson.
Richardson was convicted largely on the bite-mark evidence, but defense attorneys have increasingly challenged such evidence in recent years. An Associated Press analysis this year found that at least two dozen defendants either convicted or charged with rape and murder using bite mark evidence have been exonerated since 2000.


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