Georgia Innocence Project Uses DNA To Free Man After 22 Years In Prison
Willie Williams has been freed from a Georgia prison after spending half of his life, 22 years, behind bars for a crime he did not commit. "I never gave up," Williams said following his release, which came just 5 days after the Georgia Innocence Project discovered Williams' DNA did not match a swab taken from the woman he was convicted of raping in 1985. After learning about the DNA evidence excluding Williams, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard ordered Williams released. Prosecutors now want to compare the DNA from the victim's swab to the DNA of another convicted rapist who has since been released from prison. (Atlanta Journal Constitution, January 24, 2007). See Innocence.