A Colorado man who has been imprisoned since 1996 after conviction for a Colorado rape and murder may soon be exonerated since DNA testing has shown that he was not the one involved in the original crime, according to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune. The 51-year-old man is currently serving a life sentence for a crime the evidence now indicates he did not commit.
The man was originally convicted in a case involving the death of a 19-year-old Palisado, Colorado woman, who was found in her bathtub. Evidence collected at the time indicated that she had been sexually assaulted and strangled. The evidence included DNA samples, but these were not analyzed at the time; instead, arguments at trial focused on whether or not a blood stain on the defendant’s shirt belonged to the victim. The man convicted was given a sentence of life without parole, which he has been serving for the past 16 years.
The DNA test was performed through Colorado Justice Review Project, which provides DNA testing paid for by a $1.2 million grant provided by the federal government. Both defense attorneys and prosecutors have applauded the project.
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