Gerard Richardson Released, Conviction Overturned: Innocence Project

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Gerard Richardson Released, Conviction Overturned

Gerard Richardson Gerard Richardson (2nd from left) with his sister Yvette, Innocence Project Senior Staff Attorney Vanessa Potkin and his brother Kevin.

Almost 20 years after Gerard Richardson was convicted of the 1994 murder of Monica Reyes in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a Somerset County Superior Court Judge overturned his conviction Monday, leading to his release on bail the next day. It remains unclear if the prosecution will agree to dismiss the indictment or seek further investigation. We should know more when he returns to court on December 17.

Richardson was convicted in 1995, largely on the basis of testimony of a forensic expert who said that a bite mark on the victim’s back was a match to Richardson. Since his conviction, bite mark evidence has been shown to be highly unreliable and recent testing of a swab taken from the bite mark identified the DNA of an unknown male, excluding Richardson. Richardson has been excluded from every item submitted for DNA testing.

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