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Chad Heins exonerated after 13 years behind bars
this afternoon, a free man for the first time since he was 20 years old.
New DNA evidence proves that another man committed the murder
for which Heins was incarcerated for 13 years. Today, Heins' long
wait for justice came to an end and he became the 209th person
nationwide — and the ninth in Florida — to be exonerated by DNA
Heins was convicted in 1996 of killing his sister-in-law, Tina. He
always said he had nothing to do with the crime and was
convicted despite DNA tests at his trial showing that hairs
in the victim's bed came from an unknown man.
New DNA tests now show that the same unknown man
also left other biological evidence at the scene.
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