Defense Says Man in Prison 17 Years Cleared By DNA


Lawyers for a Decatur, Ga. man who has spent 17 years in prison for rape say new DNA evidence proves he did not commit the crimes, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Clarence Harrison, 44, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 on charges of sexually assaulting a hospital employee as she waited for a MARTA bus. She identified him in a photographic lineup and at trial. But new DNA tests of the rape kit used as evidence against Harrison show that he did not commit the rape, said Aimee Maxwell, director of the Georgia Innocence Project.


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