Il DNA collega due uomini in prigione a un caso freddo 1983 che originariamente ha mandato in prigione l'uomo sbagliato 37 anni

Due uomini che stanno scontando l'ergastolo per omicidio in una prigione della Florida sono stati collegati ad altri due omicidi con l'aiuto di campioni di DNA scoperti di recente, che ha portato all'esonero di un altro uomo che ha servito ingiustamente 37 years in prison for the rape and murder of Barbara Grams in 1983.

Amos Robinson and Abron Scott allegedly raped and murdered 19-year-old Grams, whose beaten body was found behind a dental office in Tampa Heights on August 18, 1983, Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren said during a news conference Thursday after he was suspended as the state attorney by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his stance against criminalizing abortion providers.
A grand jury indicted Robinson and Scott Thursday for the rape and murder of Linda Lansen, whose beaten body was found in Town and Country in July 1983 in bushes with a gunshot wound to the head, Warren ha detto.
      These two men not only robbed me, but they robbed a 7-year-old little girl of her mother,” said Linda Sheffield, Lansen’s niece, during Thursday’s news conference.
        When they’re initially murdered, the shock is there, ma 39 years later the shock is no longer there,” lei disse. “But the void stays, and the pain stays and the crying stays. It doesn’t go away.
          Robinson and Scott are also subjects of other cold case investigations from the same time period in the Tampa Bay area, Warren ha detto.
          We now know that these two men carried out a sinister spree of rape and murder in Tampa Bay in the summer and fall of 1983,” Warren ha detto.
          It is unclear if Robinson and Scott have attorneys at this time.

          DNA evidence leads to exoneration and new conviction

          Nel 2018, Warren’s office created a Conviction Review Unit to help overturn and prevent wrongful convictions. Due anni dopo, Robert DuBoise, chi ha speso 37 years in prison for Gramsrape and murder, was exonerated.
          Our investigation found DNA evidence that established Robert did not murder Barbara Grams; tuttavia, that DNA evidence did provide new leads and launched a fresh investigation,” Warren ha detto.
          The DNA sample that did not contain material from DuBoise was run through a national database containing DNA samples of convicted felons and led investigators to Scott and Robinson, who were already serving life sentences in a Florida prison for a murder they committed in Pinellas County in October of 1983, Warren ha detto.
          Robert DuBoise outside his home in Tampa, Florida, in ottobre 2020.

          Con queste informazioni, investigators were able to build a case for Gramsmurder and open a cold case investigation into Lansen’s murder.
          At the time of DuBoise’s trial, there wasn’t any physical or circumstantial evidence connecting DuBoise to the attack, secondo The Florida Innocence Project.
            Before his conviction, he was transported to Hillsborough County Jail. A jailhouse informant who spoke with DuBoise later testified falsely that DuBoise had confessed to the crime during his jail stay, The Florida Innocence Project said.
            I am sad for the families who have waited so long to get true closure,” DuBoise told CNN Friday. “I spent 37 years imprisoned for a crime I was totally innocent. This is what happens when the police focus on the wrong person, make up evidence to fit their theory and don’t investigate to find the truth. Lives are ruined and communities are less safe.

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