A man exonerated of rape and murder after 37 years in prison is suing police and the city of Tampa over his wrongful conviction and initial death sentence.
Robert DuBoise, 56, from Florida in the US, left prison in late August 2020 after officials revealed new evidence that proved his innocence., Fox News reports.
Untested DNA evidence from a rape kit proved he did not rape and murder 19-year-old Barbara Grams in 1983. No one else had been arrested.
Having lost almost four decades of his life, DuBoise has taken aim at those who helped convict him in the first place, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
His federal lawsuit names as defendants the city of Tampa, four police investigators — all now retired — and forensic dentist Dr. Richard Souviron, who testified a bite mark on the victim came from DuBoise.
“The only physical evidence implicating Mr DuBoise was fabricated ‘bitemark’ evidence that supposedly matched Mr DuBoise to an injury on the victim’s body,” Daniel Marshall, an attorney for the Human Rights Defense Center, wrote in the lawsuit. “In fact, the victim’s injury was not a human bitemark at all.”
Robert DuBoise, 56, meets reporters with his sister Harriet, left, and mother Myra, right, outside a correctional institute after serving 37 years in prison, when officials discovered new evidence that proved his innocence. Picture: Photo/Steve Nesius
DuBoise’s lawsuit quotes a speech to police chiefs in which Souviron said: “If you tell me that is the guy that did it, I will go into court and say that is the guy that did it.”
Read Also: Price Of Cooking Gas Could Increase Higher By December – Marketers Raise Alarm
The testimony relied on the use of a beeswax mold, which in the 1980s was not considered a credible method of evidence.
The complaint alleges that detectives conspired with Claude Butler, a jailhouse informant who claimed Duboise confessed to him.
A spokesman for the City of Tampa declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Two pending bills in the Florida legislature would give DuBoise $US1.85 million ($A2.5 million) for the years spent in prison.
A similar bill filed earlier this year did not reach a vote.
“Unfortunately, that claims bill does not appear to be moving at all,” said Daniel Marshall, one of the attorneys representing DuBoise. “Given the lack of movement on the claims bill, we’re pursuing alternate avenues.”
The information contained in this post is for general information purposes only. Opinion articles, comments are solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of BlazeNewz while we endeavour to keep the information accurate with objectivity as we adhere to global practice of journalism. Read our full Disclaimer.
Politics2 years ago
Breaking: Appeal Court Sacks Ekiti APC Senator, Adeyeye Declares PDP, Olujimi Winner
News2 years ago
I’m Not Afraid Of Death– Obasanjo
Politics3 years ago
Rivers Guber ”In The End, It Will Be A Sweet Victory” Wike Tells Party Members
Sponsored Posts3 years ago
Come And Learn Yoruba Traditional Druming and Dancing
Foreign2 years ago
Breaking : Another Virus, Hantavirus Surfaces In China
News9 months ago
Breaking : AIG Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim Tip To Emerge Acting IG
News9 months ago
Prices Of Rice , Other Major food Items Crash
Economy12 months ago
Cement Price Drops – Check Out The Current Price