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Thu Aug 27, 2020, 11:50 AM

Man Exonerated in 1983 Rape and Murder After Almost Four Decades Behind Bars

Source: Law & Crime

A man convicted in a 1983 rape and murder in Tampa, Florida is set to be released on Thursday. Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Nash found that the 1985 conviction of Robert DuBoise, 55, in the death of Barbara Grams, 19, is no longer supported by the evidence. This is a result of not just the man’s attorneys from The Innocence Project, but the local prosecutor’s office. They filed a joint motion.

“Today is an important day for justice — justice for the family of a victim and a man convicted of killing her,” Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said on Wednesday, according to The Tampa Bay Times. “This is painful and tragic. But it’s the truth, and when you tell the truth, justice is done.”

Grams was beaten to death while she was walking home from work, authorities said. Her body was found outside of a dentist office. The state argued that DuBoise, his brother, and a third man all participated in the rape and murder; the brother and the third man were never charged.

Incidentally, a dentist’s expert testimony contributed toward the guilty verdict. Dr. Richard Souviron took the stand to say that a bite mark on Grams’s cheek matched Duboise’s teeth “to a reasonable degree of dental certainty,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. But another dentist who recently looked at the evidence reportedly said that the mark wasn’t from a bite.

Read more: https://lawandcrime.com/crazy/man-exonerated-in-1983-rape-and-murder-after-almost-four-decades-behind-bars/

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 12:00 PM

1. Bite mark evidence has been dubious in many trials.

Animal activity can mimic bite marks, as can marks made by things like belts, ligatures and tools. The West Memphis Three case is the most infamous example of bad bite mark evidence, but disputed bite marks have occurred in other trials as well. Forensic odontology is far from worthless--bite mark evidence helped to put Ted Bundy away. It seems it has also been used to falsely convict, and then exonerate people:

One of the most notable exonerations involving bite mark evidence is the Ray Krone case. In 1992, Krone was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death. There was no physical evidence linking Krone to the crime except for a unique bite mark found on the victim’s body. At trial, a bite mark expert testified that Krone’s teeth matched the bite mark on the victim. Upon further investigation, several experts told Krone’s attorneys that the trial testimony was unreliable and the analysis was done incorrectly. Eventually, DNA evidence proved Krone’s innocence and he was released from prison in 2002.


https://californiainnocenceproject.org/issues-we-face/bite-mark-evidence/#:~:text=One%20of%20the%20most%20notable,found%20on%20the%20victim's%20body.

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Response to Mike 03 (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 01:42 PM

9. Also bite marks can be terribly distorted because of skin elasticity, tearing.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 12:03 PM

2. Article says the DNA was Barbara Grams and two men. The DNA of the two men didn't match DuBoise,

so based on the science, he should be released.

Cops need to re-open the case and go find the two men associated with the DNA and charge them. Grams family needs justice too.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 12:17 PM

3. Sorry we ruined your life. No hard feelings, eh?

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 12:22 PM

4. Gratitude for the work of the Innocence Project!



Thank you for bringing these cases to light! We are all learning that, YES, innocent people are in prison, AND, can be brought to justice!

The Innocence Project brings hope for many!

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 12:34 PM

5. ANYONE with credible reason to ask for DNA evidence should be able to GET it.

And it damn sure shouldnt take THIS long

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 12:38 PM

6. How do you compensate someone for the theft of 37 years of his life?

The Innocence Project deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, the state of Florida owes this guy a billion dollars, and the DA and presiding judge should serve out the rest of their lives in prison.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 12:41 PM

7. They could have done a DNA test 20 years ago

But Judges and Prosecutors don't like to be proven wrong--they'd rather have the person rot in prison.

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Response to Bengus81 (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 12:47 PM

8. I hope that is changing as this picks up steam.

As the RW Trolls say: fuck their feelings.

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Response to Bengus81 (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 02:37 PM

11. According to End the Backlog, there are still tens of thousands of rape kits untested

Nobody is going to spend extra resources to test kits of someone who is already convicted unless they get ordered to by a court. However, if someone is in jail and requests a test, there should be some funds available to get this done. One of the few things Trump did right, in opposition to Republicans in congress, is reauthorize funding for the Debbie Smith Act which provided money to states to tackle their backlogs.

http://www.endthebacklog.org/backlog/where-backlog-exists-and-whats-happening-end-it

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 02:15 PM

10. Forty fucking years - based on bite marks on skin.

This is fucked. It was fucked then. It's fucked now.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 02:45 PM

12. Thank goodness he wasn't sentenced to death.

The state of Florida is so eager to punish and execute accused people. This man deserves a huge settlement for all the years of his life that were missed as he languished in prison for a crime he did not commit. I hope he gets it.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 02:56 PM

13. It would be interesting to see 1985 newspapers and the DA and prosecutors bragging up the conviction

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And telling dozens of reporters how they got their man and got that killer off the streets.

Fast forward 35 years and now they'll have to work overtime to try and screw this guy out of as much money as possible for nearly four DECADES of wrongful incarceration.

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