Gary Dotson became one of the first people to be exonerated through DNA testing 18 years ago this week. Dotson served 10 years for aggravated kidnapping and rape. Serological testing, a limited but common type of biological testing that was used before the advent of DNA, played a role in Dotson’s wrongful conviction. Eyewitness misidentification also contributed to his conviction. Dotson was exonerated on August 14, 1989.
Also celebrating exoneration anniversaries this week: