DNA clears man in mother-in-law's murder

  1. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1410577


    It's a good thing he didn't get the death penalty. :angryfire Thank goodness for the DNA evidence or else?????????


    Elkins, who was serving a life sentence and would not have been eligible for parole until 2054, was convicted in the 1998 rape and murder of Judith Johnson, 58, as well as the rape of her then-6-year-old granddaughter.

    DNA evidence from a cigarette butt cleared a man imprisoned for seven years in the rape and murder of his mother-in-law, and the charges against him were dropped Thursday.

    People like to believe that these types of cases are extraordinarily rare but this seems to happen a little too often for my taste. Just last week, a man here in Georgia was freed after spending 24 years in prison for a rape and kidnapping he did not commit. Thank goodness the woman in question did not die because they have the death penalty here and he would have surely been executed by now.
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Wow imagine being the accused who was cleared in this case. Thank heaven for DNA advances.

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