DNA Frees Inmate After 22 Years in Prison

Wilton Dedge walked out of the Broward County Jail today, 22 years after being wrongfully convicted of rape. The reasons for his wrongful conviction: faulty eye-witness testimony and the testimony of a "notorious jailhouse snitch." The reason for his freedom: DNA testing proved his innocence:

A man who served 22 years in prison for rape was freed early Thursday after DNA evidence proved he was not the attacker. Wilton A. Dedge, 42, walked out of the Brevard County Jail with his parents just hours after the test results, which had been ordered last month by a judge. The state Legislature in 2001 passed a law that allowed DNA retesting in older cases.

There should be no time limits to obtaining DNA testing.

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