DNA evidence frees 2 imprisoned for rape

DNA evidence frees 2 imprisoned for rape

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Posted on April 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 22 at 8:30 AM

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- New DNA evidence led a Clark County judge Wednesday to free a man serving time for a 1993 rape in La Center.

The Columbian reported the University of Washington's law school program Innocence Project Northwest provided the evidence to free Larry Davis. Another man sentenced in the case, Alan Northrup, was also exonerated by the judge after he had finished serving his sentence.

Northrop and Davis were not at the scene of the crime, the judge ruled, and evidence showed there were other attackers.

The female housekeeper was the victim in a 1993 attack.

Northrop was sentenced to 23 years and six months in prison, of which he served a shortened period in prison for, and was released, the Columbian reported. Davis was later sentenced to 20 years for being an accomplice.

"Now the truth is out and it proves our innocence,  it's awesome, it's overwhelming," David said.
 
The state will now decide whether to send the case back to trail. But the defense attorney said the DNA evidence is overwhelming and she believes neither man will see the inside of a jail cell ever again.

The Innocence Project Northwest exists to free inmates who have been wrongfully convicted. Volunteer students and lawyers have overturned the convictions of 12 innocent people in Washington.

(KGW Reporter Amanda Burden contributed to this report)

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