Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Chad Heins exonerated after 13 years behind bars - Florida

Chad Heins exonerated after 13 years behind bars


Innocence Project client Chad Heins (left) walked out of a Florida jail

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.

Read more about Heins' case on our website.

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