Monday, July 15, 2013

Joseph Frey: Wisconsin: Rape conviction finally dismissed after new DNA evidence linked the crime to another man; He had already served 20 years of a 102-year sentence. Case involved allegations that police improperly destroyed evidence and documentaion relating to their investigation. FOX 11;

STORY: "Frey's conviction dismissed: 1994 conviction overturned on new DNA evidence," published by FOX 11 on July 12, 2013.

GIST: "A man convicted of raping a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student has had his case dismissed. Joseph Frey, 54, had been behind bars for about two decades. He received a 102-year sentence in 1994 after his conviction on the 1991 rape. New DNA evidence has linked the crime to another man, who has since died. The new evidence led a Winnebago County judge to overturn Frey’s conviction in May."

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See earlier FOX 11 story which details defence allegations that the police had destroyed evidence and documentation:    "Assistant District Attorney Adam Levin told the Wisconsin State Journal that the new evidence, including the DNA test and witness interviews, was similar to what was used to convict Frey in 1994. That old evidence included a jailhouse informant, the victim's identification of Frey in a "live in-person lineup," prior sexual assault charges and DNA results from the victim's bedsheet that excluded Frey as the source......... "In addition to the improper destruction of evidence," the motion said, "all of the police documents, including police reports, inventory reports, submission and transmittal forms, testing requests and results and chains of custody, were destroyed by the (Oshkosh Police Department). As a result, it is unclear what evidence was originally collected, identified for testing, or remained after destruction.""


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