DNA Exonerates One Man, Implicates Another
Posted Apr 24, 2007 12:26 PM CST
By Martha Neil
The DNA testing that recently led to the release of the 200th man freed by the use of the new forensic technology also implicated another man. A convicted rapist was matched with the crime by DNA testing, but will not be charged because the statute of limitations has expired, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Jerry Miller, 48, served 25 years in prison in Illinois for a 1981 Chicago parking lot kidnapping and rape before his innocence was established and he was released. Meanwhile, Robert Weeks, 45, whose DNA matched, according to prosecutors, has also spent much of that time behind bars for other crimes, including another rape, reports the Tribune. He is currently in prison in Illinois for assaulting police officers, the newspaper says.
For more details on how Miller won his release, see yesterday's Daily News post.