Tag: burglary

Nov 14

Alan Staines Exonerated Of 2004 Burglary By Discovery Lab Misidentified Him As Source Of Crime DNA

Alan Staines’ 2004 burglary conviction in Perth, Australia was overturned on November 13, 2017 by the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The Court ruled Staines’ conviction was a miscarriage of justice based on new evidence a laboratory misidentified him as the source of crime scene DNA. The ruling written by Justice Stephen Hall stated that …

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Sep 01

William Ashwell Acquitted Of Burglary And Escape By Mississippi Supreme Court Because No Criminal Charges Were Filed Against Him

Mississippi Supreme Court on 2-1-2017 (courts.ms.gov)

William Scott Ashwell was acquitted of burglary and escape by the Mississippi Supreme Court on August 24, 2017. The Supreme Court ruled Ashwell had never been charged with the crimes, so the trial court had no jurisdiction to find him guilty in 2006 and sentence him to 15 years in prison. On December 14, 2006 …

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May 13

Alan Staines Cleared Of 2004 Burglary Conviction Caused By Bungled DNA Identification

Alan Staines outside court after his burglary conviction was set aside (Heather McNeill)

Alan Staines has been cleared of a 2004 burglary in Perth, Australia. More than a dozen years after his conviction, the lab that conducted the DNA test of crime scene evidence discovered it misidentified him as matching the evidence. The police collected blood stain evidence during their investigation of a home invasion in Perth’s southern …

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Dec 06

Indiana Ct. of Appeals Overturns Burglary Conviction That Was Based On Perjured Testimony

Nicole Greenlee (St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Dept.)

The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of Antonio Smith for a burglary the prosecution knew was committed by the witness who testified against Smith. On December 19, 2012, A Dollar General store in Mishawaka, Indiana was burglarized by a person wearing a mask, two hooded sweatshirts, and gloves. Approximately $3,500 in cash …

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Dec 07

Zackary Lee Stewart Released After 4 Years Of Wrongful Incarceration For Murder

Zackary Lee Stewart was an 18-year-old high-school senior in Hurley, Missouri when he was charged with the first-degree murder of 50-year-old David Dulin during a burglary of his home in November 2006. Dulin was able to call 9-1-1 and he told the dispatcher that two men in their 20’s and 30’s broken into his house …

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