DNA Tests to Free Man Convicted of Ra...

DNA Tests to Free Man Convicted of Raping 2 Sisters

There are 22 comments on the Fox 8 WGHP story from Sep 2, 2009, titled DNA Tests to Free Man Convicted of Raping 2 Sisters. In it, Fox 8 WGHP reports that:

A Winston-Salem man who has served more than 14 years of a life sentence for raping two teenage sisters will be freed today after DNA tests determined he wasn't the attacker.

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tyoung

Lexington, NC

#1 Sep 2, 2009
DNA didn't convict this man, so what did? The older sister was already having sex with her boyfriend (at the house). Where are the parents?
Marcus

Beulaville, NC

#2 Sep 2, 2009
To think that this man who has spent 14 years of his life in a cell for a crim he did not commit. If it were you how would you feel? While I am remoresful for the young victims, 14 years of this man's life was taken from him by our court system. The system is not perfect, but how many more are not guilty?
Kevin

Overland Park, KS

#3 Sep 2, 2009
I have mixed feelings about the new DNA tests being used to free past convicted people. DNA had just barely been heard of in 1991 so how are we to kow they gathered DNA right in the first place? To the first poster having sex with her boyfriend has nothing to do with her being raped by someone else so I fail to understand your argument it sounded kind of sexist like saying a woman scantily dressed was asking to be raped. If the girls were positive he was the one then should he be released? If not then he should be.
tyoung

Lexington, NC

#4 Sep 2, 2009
It wasn't an argument, I just wanted to know how he got convicted? What evidence, what witness, what circumstances put this guy in the hot seat...with or without DNA?
JB colfax

Linden, NC

#5 Sep 2, 2009
how can you have mixed feelings on DNA that might free someone? what are you talkin about?
Hmmm

Burlington, NC

#6 Sep 2, 2009
Why wasn't the mother charged for leaving the children unattended while she stayed out all night ? It's obvious she was irresponsible as a parent.
tyoung

Lexington, NC

#7 Sep 2, 2009
It says, in 2004 the DA compiled a list of people who may potentially benefit from DNA testing and sent Mr. Abbitt a letter. Why wouldn't he respond to the Forsyth Bar Project if he thought it may exonerate him?
Scott

Greensboro, NC

#8 Sep 2, 2009
Some people may complain about the $700,000 he is being given by the state (with the current budget crisis), but he deserves every dime. He can't get back missed life experiences... atleast he can take the compensation and do something with the rest of his life.
southwestjoe

Tarboro, NC

#9 Sep 2, 2009
i would like to know what sentence he was erving in texas atthe time of his arrest. i would also like to know the length of his sentence and how much was remaining when he wasa brought back to north carolina to answer to the rape charges.perhaps texas might want him back to serve out his sentence, if not subtract those remaining years off the 14 year pay for the wrongful conviction in north carolina.
notoriousBlog

Asheboro, NC

#10 Sep 2, 2009
I'd be glad to buy this man a pork chop or a hundred pork chops. He comes out not speaking hate but just looking forward to life. Thank goodness for this type of test to free him after all this time. I think that it should be required to test the guilt or innocence of all prisoners in on this type of conviction.
MCbrat

Winston Salem, NC

#11 Sep 2, 2009
How can anyone say that if a victim identifies him,that's good enough??

Have you not heard of Ronald Cotton of Burlington?

He did 20 years because the victim said so and an over jealous bunch of politicians!He was cleared by DNA evidence.

His accuser is deeply sorry and I'm glad everyone has peace over it but you can't undo that, not to mention that guily men go free in cases like that!

God bless that man and Mr.Hunt for their examples of forgiveness and I pray the rest of their lives are filled with pure joy!

You guys deserve it!
tyoung

Lexington, NC

#12 Sep 2, 2009
If we pay the wrongfully sentenced do we bill the correctly sentenced?
paul

Huntsville, AL

#13 Sep 2, 2009
Marcus wrote:
To think that this man who has spent 14 years of his life in a cell for a crim he did not commit. If it were you how would you feel? While I am remoresful for the young victims, 14 years of this man's life was taken from him by our court system. The system is not perfect, but how many more are not guilty?
And even worse the real animal is still out there.They need to hold states that violate this long fully responsible for helping these people get some life back
Tim B Randleman

Mebane, NC

#14 Sep 2, 2009
If evidence shows he did not do the crime he should have his record cleared of all charges. There should be no need to file for a pardon. He deserves the money, its the least we can do for locking up an innocent man for 14 years.
GGodwin

Greensboro, NC

#15 Sep 2, 2009
I do agree, how do we know the DNA was collected as it should have been. ...what if these people are set free and should not be....I think there needs to be a cut off date.
Niki

High Point, NC

#16 Sep 2, 2009
If Bev Perdue pardons him? Why does he have to apply for a pardon? The evidence proved he was/is innocent. The man has waited long enough to be freed and cleard of this crime he didn't committ. She should've been standing outside the jail/courthouse waiting to give him his pardon papers and his $700,000 check.
Thomas

Wallburg, NC

#17 Sep 2, 2009
I do feel for the victim, but I would like to remind SCOTT from Winston Salem that a Jury of 12 convicted and the 2 people that Identified him . The Two people that I.D. him sould be held responsible not the Taxpayers of N.C.
Thomas Lexington

Wallburg, NC

#18 Sep 2, 2009
I do feel for the victim, but would like to remind SCOTT from Winston Salem that a jury of12 convicted him and they had 2 witnesses that I.D. him. The two witnesses should be held resiponsible since it seems that they LIED on the Stand instead the TAXPAYERS of N.C.
Judy Whitley

High Point, NC

#19 Sep 2, 2009
I cannot believe that Gov. Perdue did not know about this case before she signed the cuts in the budget. There is definitely a problem when the frail and elderly of N.C. gets cuts, but we have to give someone 700,000.00 for being wrongfully imprisoned. The district attorney should be held liable in some form. He should have had more than a 13 or 14 year olds identification. He probably did, however, it could have been questionable, but let's close a case. What is wrong with our system?
tyoung

Lexington, NC

#20 Sep 3, 2009
He's gonna make 50,000 a year, what was his projected annual salary before he was imprisoned?

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