STL: The Conviction Of Rodney Lincoln ….

I stumbled across this on twitter after reading and researching their story, I felt I just had to share it with you.

Please take your time and read their story, and tell me what you think..

He has always maintained his innocence!!

In June, 2003 the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office launched a “Justice Project”, a review of old cases to see if DNA could be used to prove innocence or guilt. Out of over 1400 cases reviewed, Rodney’s was one of the six chosen. Though this review was eventually closed by the Circuit Attorney’s office with no testing being done, it had caught the attention of Rodney’s daughter who began an earnest fight to find justice for her father.

This search for justice eventually led to the doorsteps of an investigative reporter known for his work in researching and fighting wrongful convictions. Steve Weinberg agreed that Rodney’s was a very plausible case of an innocent man in prison. He used Rodney’s case for a class project for his investigative reporting class. This project unearthed a wealth of new information that pointed to Rodney’s innocence and culminated in a feature length article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in October, 2005.

During the time that Steve Weinberg and his class were beginning their investigation of the case Rodney’s family also contacted the Midwest Innocence Project. They also agreed that there is an innocent man sitting in a prison cell for no reason at all. They have been fighting hard to prove Rodney’s innocence and gain his release since January, 2005.

The most important thing they have accomplished on Rodney’s behalf is that in January 2010 they finally got the circuit attorney’s office to agree to DNA testing and in June, 2010 preliminary results were received followed by the final report in November 2010. The hair that was portrayed as his at trial is not his! Not only that but another hair found on one of the victims also yielded a DNA profile that is not his! Not only are these hairs not Rodney’s but they also do not belong to any of the victims and in fact these two hairs yielded two different DNA profiles, mutually exclusive of each other.

Based on these exculpatory DNA results, MIP filed a motion to have him released in November, 2010. The circuit attorney’s office opposed that motion, stating that the evidence was not conclusive proof of innocence. Since that time the Midwest Innocence project has identified additional evidence and conducted further testing after gaining agreement from the circuit attorney’s office. The results of this additional testing did not reveal any male DNA on any of the evidence.

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