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DNA for 18 Year Rape Conviction
(2008-05-02)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Court of Appeals is ordering
DNA testing in the case of a man sent to prison in 1990 for raping
a Lansing woman.
An Ingham County judge had denied 46-year-old Robert Barrera's
request because other evidence supported a guilty verdict. But in a
ruling released Friday, the appeals court overturned the decision
and ordered DNA testing to be conducted.
Barrera is serving a 50- to 80-year sentence in state prison.
The victim identified Barrera three years after the attack.
Barrera is being represented by the Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Innocence Project, which was formed after Michigan enacted a 2001
law letting inmates request DNA testing.
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