DNA Testing Clears Another Dallas County Man

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Dallas County man convicted of rape 25 years ago is expected to be freed from prison today after being exonerated by DNA testing.

Fifty-seven-year-old Larry Fuller was sentenced in 1981 to 50 years in prison for aggravated rape. He was convicted after a rape victim apparently misidentified him.

The Dallas County District Attorney's office said they won't contest Fuller's release.

Fuller becomes the 10th Dallas County man in five years to be exonerated by DNA testing.

Officials from the Innocence Project, a New York-based legal clinic that seeks to uncover wrongful convictions, said the number of overturned cases is -- quote -- "unprecedented and troubling."

They plan to ask the district attorney's office to investigate whether there is a pattern to the cases.

Dallas County D.A. spokeswoman Rachel Raya said the validity of eight or nine other convictions in Dallas are being checked through DNA testing.


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