DNA Evidence Exonerates Man of Rape Conviction 24 Year Later

David Wiggins will go free 24 years after he was mis-identified by a 14-year-old rape victim.
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24 year old David Wiggins was misidentified. Nearly a quarter century ago by a -- ties to rape victim who was only fourteen. -- he's now 48. And just hours from freedom. He is excited and he's very overwhelmed. He is a little apprehensive about all the changes. That. Have happened in the world. Innocence project attorney abortion oldest via Skype New York City that witnessed first -- this DNA tests before he -- -- -- back in 1989. CIO that handwritten motion from the jail cell when he was awaiting trial. Or has new thing called -- testing he'd heard about. I'm the court sat you know we just can't be done at this time. The innocence project paid for multiple inconclusive. DNA tests. To one this month positively ruled out David -- The innocence project praised Tarrant County for preserving the evidence even though not required to by law the time. How far -- you holding up its 1962. There's first fifty years worth of evidence in my evidence -- for nuclear weapons styrofoam heads and the other scored exhibit stacked in an undisclosed basement. It's a cardboard box marked David which. Just testing evidence for DNA can actually -- the evidence itself so if what's inside this box been tested many years ago. What might have exonerated David -- war. It might have ruined the evidence and his chances to go free. True -- Also degrades over time. Com and never some items of evidence that -- and tested -- and hairs that are collected from the crime that when we went back a couple of years ago to look for them were not. -- there's evidence is lost or distort. About a third of the cases you get this case though there's certain DNA finally trumped the young victim's eyewitness testimony. Lot of music fair and -- as he doesn't air on -- any ill will ever be understands she was a child at a time. And he was still a young man. Jim Douglas channel -- news.

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