Thursday, 17 December 2009

Judge orders release of inmate James Bain after 35 years

Judge orders release of inmate James Bain after 35 years,0,7580399.story

The Associated Press
10:21 a.m. EST, December 17, 2009

BARTOW, Fla. - A judge in Central Florida has ordered the release of a man who spent 35 years in prison before being exonerated by DNA evidence.

James Bain's release was ordered by Judge James Yancey at a Thursday morning court hearing in Bartow. Bain was expected to walk out of the Polk County jail later Thursday.

Bain was convicted in 1974 or kidnapping a 9-year-old boy and raping him in a nearby field in Lake Wales.

But results of DNA testing received last week showed that semen left in the victim's underwear could not have come from Bain.

The Florida Innocence Project says Bain has spent more time in prison than any of the 245 inmates around the country who previously have been exonerated by DNA evidence.

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