Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bulletin: Kirk L. Odom; officially exonerated; DNA retesting cleared him in D.C. rape, robbery; Reporter Spencer Hsu; The Washington Post;

STORY: "Kirk L. Odom officially exonerated; DNA testing cleared him in D.C. rape, robbery," by reporter Spencer S. Hsu, published in the Washington Post on July 13, 2012.

GIST: "A D.C. Superior Court judge on Friday officially exonerated Kirk L. Odom, wrongfully imprisoned for more than 22 years in the rape and robbery of a woman in her Capitol Hill apartment in 1981. “Mr. Odom has been the victim of a grave miscarriage of justice. He is actually innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted,” Judge Herbert B. Dixon wrote in a three-page order that vacated Odom’s convictions on the basis of new DNA testing that proved he was not the perpetrator.........Odom maintained his innocence since before his 1982 trial and sought new DNA tests in February 2011. The Washington Post has reported that Odom is the third D.C. man convicted of rape or murder to have his charges vacated since 2009 based on erroneous forensics and testimony by FBI hair experts."

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