Despite lack of solid evidence, a mentally retarded man is convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1984. It would take four more murders committed in a similar fashion–and a battery of DNA tests–for the real killer to be brought to justice.
A teen girl, fearing pregnancy after having sex with her boyfriend, fabricates a rape. She describes her fictional assailant to a police sketch artist, and when police show her the photo of someone who looks similar, she sends him to prison for a decade. DNA evidence would finally free Gary Dotson, but his life would never be the same.
Cases of the innocent incarcerated, showing how even convictions beyond reasonable doubt are now subject to scientific review.
Sarah Johnson was 18 years old when she was sentenced to two life terms for the murder of her parents in their Bellevue, Idaho, home. Diane and Alan Johnson were found dead from gunshot wounds on Sept. 2, 2003; Diane still in bed, and Alan on the floor, his hair wet from the shower. Now, a team of attorneys say she is innocent, and that DNA evidence found at the scene could prove it.
According to the September 24, 2012, minutes of the Sundridge with Ide Hill Parish Council of Kent Parish in the UK, doggie poo printing may become a harsh reality if dog owners don’t do the right thing.
Before DNA testing, the solving of crimes allowed much room for error — error that could mean conviction of the innocent and freedom for the guilty. Read about how DNA revolutionized criminal justice forever.