Man wrongly convicted of rape released after 25 years in prison

Man wrongly convicted of rape released after 25 years in prison

A man has been released from prison after 25 years (Stock image)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A man has been released from prison after spending 25 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit in Indiana.

William Barnhouse was wrongly convicted of rape in 1992, as a hair sample was used as evidence.

The rape victim had also falsely identified him as the perpetrator.

Knowing he did not commit the crime, Barnhouse contacted the Innocence Project, which is a group that attempts to free innocent people from prison.

The group worked alongside Indiana University and asked for more DNA testing to be conducted.

The testing concluded that the man was not the source of the sperm which had been found on the victim.

On March 8 Barnhouse's conviction was overturned and his indictment was dismissed last week.

He said: “It was rough. I was always innocent. I’m glad it’s finally over. I feel so happy.”

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