(September 14, 2020 — Tampa, Florida) Today, Robert DuBoise was exonerated from all charges in the 1983 rape and murder of a young woman in Tampa, Florida. DuBoise was released from prison on Aug. 27 after new DNA testing on evidence from the victim’s rape kit that was thought to have been destroyed, excluded him as the assailant and identified another individual. The Conviction Review Unit (CRU) at the Office of the State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit has announced that in light of the clear injustice that occurred in this case and the discreditation of bite mark analysis as a reliable scientific technique, they will collaborate with the Innocence Project to review Hillsborough County cases that utilized bite mark evidence to secure a conviction. This is the first type of audit to be done by a CRU.
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