Man imprisoned for 28 years could be freed after confession

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Man imprisoned for 28 years could be freed after confession.

A man imprisoned for 28 years after a woman said she dreamed that he raped her could be freed after a Denver judge overturned his conviction, saying he would likely be acquitted at a new trial because someone else confessed to the crime. Clarence Moses-EL was convicted in 1988 and sentenced to 48 years in prison for raping and assaulting a woman when she returned home from a night of drinking. Police destroyed body swabs and the victim’s clothing despite a judge’s order to preserve it for testing that could have confirmed Moses-EL’s guilt or innocence. Moses-El’s lawyers alleged Denver Police packaged the DNA evidence from the case and labeled it “DO NOT DESTROY.” It was then thrown away. 9NEWS received thousands of news tips about Moses-El’s case in 2014. Jackson, sent him a letter in prison saying he couldn’t believe Moses-EL was accused of raping the woman because he “had sex” with her at the same time that night. “I really don’t know what to say to you, but let’s start by bringing what was done in the dark into the light,” Jackson wrote, according to court documents. “I have a lot on my heart.” The letter led to a hearing in July, where Jackson testified that he became angry during sex with the woman and hit her in the face.

But DNA evidence led to his conviction in the 1992 rapes of a mother and daughter that happened about a mile and a half away from the first woman’s home. Prosecutors were still reviewing the ruling and would meet with the victim, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver district attorney’s office.

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