spent more than 10 years on Illinois death row before DNA tests proved their innocence of a child murder in 1995. The DNA tests at the time implicated a man named Brian Dugan, who had been convicted of two other murders and was charged with the murder in 2005. Yesterday, he pled guilty and told a judge he committed the crime alone. He has yet to be sentenced.
"A little girl died a horrible death, a family was twisted and tormented by the criminal justice system for a quarter century, but it's time to move on," said Scott Turow, a best-selling author and lawyer who handled the appeal of one of the men convicted in the slaying.
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DNA testing doesn’t only exonerate the wrongfully convicted, it helps to identify the people who actually committed the crimes in question. The Cruz / Hernandez case is among
104 DNA exoneration cases
in which the real perpetrator of the crime has been apprehended.