Authorities in Norfolk and Carroll County are investigating up to five possible wrongful convictions from years past.
According to several reports, DNA testing in recent years involving more than 70 cases where officials discovered after testing evidence from cases failed to match with the convicted person. The cases under scrutiny range from 1973 through 1988.
Although that in itself does not clear the person’s name and they may still be guilty, it may be enough to reopen certain cases and possibly prove someone’s innocence.
Virginia has exonerated ten people as a result of similar testing evidence. Test reports were released July 1 under the Freedom of Information Act after requests were made by both media outlets as well as the Innocence Project.
All cases are being reviewed by the Innocence Project in New York in addition with the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and two other innocence projects.
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