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Saturday, September 24, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: University of Cincinnati Law Students and CrimProf Blogger Claim DNA Exoneration

Ohio Innocence Project Director and CrimProf Blogger Mark Godsey and his students claim that they have proved that a man in prison for life for rape and murder is innocent.  Clarence Elkins was convicted of murdering his mother in law and raping his niece.  The niece has since recanted, and Elkins' wife--the daughter of the murder victim--offered an alibi.  Most recently, the defense team developed an alternative suspect, a sex offender who lived a couple of doors down the street from the crime scene.  The alternative suspect happened to be in prison with Elkins, and Elkins obtained a cigarette butt from the suspect, and mailed it to Godsey's co-counsel.  DNA testing from the cigarette butt showed a match with DNA from the crime scene, including vaginal swabs and panties of the victims. Elkins has already been excluded as the source of the DNA from the crime scene.  "We're hopeful the prosecution will be reasonable," Godsey said in the Cincinnati Enquirer. "The real perpetrator needs to be prosecuted, and Clarence needs to be released expeditiously." [Jack Chin]

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