Chad Heins was convicted in Florida in 1996 for allegedly killing his sister-in-law two years earlier. He has now served more than a decade in prison for a crime that DNA shows was committed by another man. Heins’s conviction has been overturned due to questions raised by new DNA testing but charges are pending and prosecutors have said they will retry him in December. Last week, his bail was set at $1 million.
An editorial in Saturday’s Daytona Beach News-Journal calls for prosecutors to seek justice in the Heins case.
Unless there's new, credible evidence the state has yet to produce — evidence that explains the DNA and doesn't rely on suspicious jailhouse snitches — it makes far more sense to pull the plug on this wasteful, vindictive and pointless persecution.
Read the full editorial here
. (Daytona Beach News-Journal, 07/21/07)