Robert McClendon freed in Ohio


After 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit, Robert McClendon was freed Monday night due to DNA evidence of his innocence. McClendon’s attorneys at the Ohio Innocence Project said they expected prosecutors to formally drop charges within two weeks. Testing in his case was obtained as part of a joint project between the Columbus Dispatch and the Ohio Innocence Project. An Ohio lab provided DNA testing pro bono.

News coverage of McClendon’s release:

NBC4 Columbus, Ohio – with photos and video:

McClendon’s first taste of freedom

Columbus Dispatch:

Hello freedom: Robert McClendon rejoins his family as a free man

Five-part Columbus Dispatch Investigation:

Test of Convictions

Associated Press:

Judge frees convicted Ohio rapist after DNA test

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