Robert Dewey Exonerated in Colorado – A Sign for others: Don´t give up!

Robert Dewey Exonerated in Colorado

On April 30, Robert Dewey walked out of the Mesa County Courthouse after 18 years of wrongful imprisonment. All charges in the rape and murder of Jacie Taylor were dropped after DNA testing established Dewey’s innocence and implicated the real perpetrator, a convicted rapist and murderer. Dewey became a suspect in the case because law enforcement found his actions following the crime suspicious. Pretrial DNA testing provided mixed results. The testing confirmed that Dewey was not the source of semen recovered from a blanket where the crime occurred. But the pretrial testing also indicated that blood on Dewey’s shirt was consistent with the victim and 45% of the population. The circumstantial evidence and the pretrial DNA results helped prosecutors convict Dewey.

With the help of the Innocence Project and co-counsel Danyel Joffe, additional testing was conducted pointing to Dewey’s innocence. His attorneys took this new evidence to the Colorado Attorney General’s newly formed Justice Review Project, which secured the collaboration of the original Mesa County prosecutor. Additional testing using modern methods confirmed that the victim’s blood was not on Dewey’s shirt. The testing also confirmed, through a hit in the CODIS DNA database, that the semen was left by Douglas Thames, a man who was incarcerated for committing a similar crime. The Mesa County District Attorney’s office is currently prosecuting Thames for Ms. Taylor’s murder.

Please, read whole article there: InnocenceProject

Robert Dewey Exonerated in Colorado

 
On April 30, Robert Dewey walked out of the Mesa County Courthouse after 18 years of wrongful imprisonment. All charges in the rape and murder of Jacie Taylor were dropped after DNA testing established Dewey’s innocence and implicated the real perpetrator, a convicted rapist and murderer. Dewey became a suspect in the case because law enforcement found his actions following the crime suspicious. Pretrial DNA testing provided mixed results. The testing confirmed that Dewey was not the source of semen recovered from a blanket where the crime occurred. But the pretrial testing also indicated that blood on Dewey’s shirt was consistent with the victim and 45% of the population. The circumstantial evidence and the pretrial DNA results helped prosecutors convict Dewey.

With the help of the Innocence Project and co-counsel Danyel Joffe, additional testing was conducted pointing to Dewey’s innocence. His attorneys took this new evidence to the Colorado Attorney General’s newly formed Justice Review Project, which secured the collaboration of the original Mesa County prosecutor. Additional testing using modern methods confirmed that the victim’s blood was not on Dewey’s shirt. The testing also confirmed, through a hit in the CODIS DNA database, that the semen was left by Douglas Thames, a man who was incarcerated for committing a similar crime. The Mesa County District Attorney’s office is currently prosecuting Thames for Ms. Taylor’s murder.

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