Forensics: DA denied DNA testing in 2000. Now man released from California prison after 38 years following new DNA evidence

A man who spent more than 38 years behind bars convicted of murder and two attempted murders has been released from a California prison after long-untested DNA evidence pointed to a different person. The conviction of Maurice Hastings, 69, and a life sentence were overturned during an October 20 court hearing at the request of prosecutors and his lawyers from the Los Angeles Innocence Project at California State University, Los Angeles. “I prayed for many years that this day would come,” Hastings said at a news conference on Friday, adding: “I am not pointing fingers; I am not standing up here a bitter man, but I just want to enjoy my life now while I have it.”
— Read on uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/man-released-california-prison-38-150101988.html

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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