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Old 05-01-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default Old DNA Evidence Sets Man Free

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Robert Dewey was 33 when he went to prison for the 1994
rape and murder of a Colorado woman. The 51-year-old walked away free Monday,
after new testing of DNA evidence pointed to someone else as the suspect.

At a court hearing Monday, a judge dismissed charges against Dewey and declared
him a free man. Dewey flashed a small smile through his trim beard.

He told reporters he just wants to kick back, ride his motorcycle and spend time
with his family.

"Contrary to popular belief, the world doesn't stop when you go to prison," said
Dewey, wearing glasses and with his hair in two long braids. "There's a lot for
me to catch up on."

Dewey was sentenced in 1996 to life in prison without parole after he was
convicted of killing 19-year-old Jacie Taylor, who was found dead in her bathtub
in Palisade on June 4, 1994.

DNA technology at the time gave jurors conflicting information to consider,
according to news accounts at the time. At his sentencing hearing, Dewey had
said there was still a killer out there.

The Colorado Attorney General's Office's Justice Review Project, which reviews
cases where post-conviction DNA testing could exonerate a person, took up
Dewey's case last year. The advanced DNA tests that cleared Dewey have led to an
arrest warrant being issued for Douglas Thames, who is accused of first-degree
murder and first-degree sexual assault.

Thames had lived near Taylor, and his DNA profile is linked to evidence found in
Taylor's apartment, according to an affidavit.

Thames is already serving a life sentence for a 1989 murder in Fort Collins.



On Monday, Dewey thanked his legal team and said DNA evidence should be reviewed
in more old cases, noting inmates around the country have been freed by new
testing.

"Who else is out there?" Dewey said.

Dewey said he tried to stay positive while behind bars. "It threw me into a dark
tunnel," he said of his conviction. His first two years in prison, he didn't
make his bed.

Now, he's trying to understand why people text each other on their phones
instead of just talking and where he might find work as he starts over.

"There's going to be trials and tribulations out here too," Dewey said.

Dewey added he wants to ride his motorcycle but has no specific plans for where.
"As long as it's in the wind, I'm happy," he said.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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prison is the end. Just cause the charges are dropped dosen't mean employers won't look at his record, even though he was found innocent later, they still don't like to take risks, especially after what prison does to people.
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:57 PM   #3
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prison is the end. Just cause the charges are dropped dosen't mean employers won't look at his record, even though he was found innocent later, they still don't like to take risks, especially after what prison does to people.
Probably true overall. Although he'll find someone to
hire him eventually.

What I don't understand, is if society fucked up this badly, why
doesn't the state pay him for every year he was locked up
as an innocent man? Even just minimum wage, at 40 hours
a week, can add up over 16 goddamned years!!!

Anyhow, just remember this story the next time you think
society has been unfair to you!!!
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:01 PM   #4
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What I don't understand, is if society fucked up this badly, why
doesn't the state pay him for every year he was locked up
as an innocent man?
Ohh they will, he will just have to sue them for it.....but it'll be a winning case. They will likely settle it quickly and out of court. He'll be off to a good start, I wouldn't worry about him.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:22 PM   #5
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Default Re: Old DNA Evidence Sets Man Free

funny, I got the impression he dosen't want anything to do with them again...just...ride his bike.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:45 PM   #6
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funny, I got the impression he dosen't want anything to do with them again...just...ride his bike.
Yeah, well he ought to put a little effort into getting some
cash for his time in the slammer.

It ought to be a law that if society fucks up this badly, that
there is automatic compensation.

Maybe they don't do this, because the state would be broke too
soon?? haha!
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:43 PM   #7
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Check out Barry Sheck's Innocence Project for more stories like this.

Many states have compensation, the amount varies by state. Often, though, you must give up your right to file a civil suit.

EDIT: According to Barry Sheck's site, Colorado has no compensation for wrongful imprisonment.

I don't understand how compensation gives states any incentive to reform things (how evidence is gathered, use of "jailhouse snitch" testimony, etc). I mean, compensation for a few guys is a drop in the bucket, right? It's the cost of being "tough on crime", right? I am not happy about this, in case you can't figure it out.

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