Robert Lee Stinson served 23 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit before he was exonerated last year through DNA testing. Now the same evidence that set him free has implicated another man in the killing, prosecutors say.
Stinson was cleared thanks to DNA tests obtained by the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Since his release, police and prosecutors have reopened the 1984 murder case for which Stinson was wrongfully convicted. They announced this week that evidence from the crime implicates a state prisoner who was convicted of committing another murder in 1991, seven years after the murder for which Stinson was imprisoned. Prosecutors haven’t named the suspect, but said they will soon determine whether to press charges against him.
Real perpetrators have been identified in at least 111 of the 254 DNA exoneration cases. An Innocence Project
of the first 208 exonerations found that these real perpetrators were convicted of committing at least 19 murders and 47 rapes after the earlier crime for which someone else was wrongfully convicted.