Lawyers demand statewide review of cases for faulty DNA, hair evidence

assetContent (39)FREEHOLD — Attorneys for a Long Branch man who was convicted 24 years ago of sexual assault based partially on faulty evidence from a New Jersey State Police analyst are calling for the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate whether other people may have been wrongly imprisoned by his testimony. The state’s top law enforcement officer… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Lawyers demand statewide review of cases for faulty DNA, hair evidence

Judge tosses sex assault conviction of man long fighting to clear his name

assetContent (39)FREEHOLD — Dion Harrell walked into the courtroom in Freehold on Wednesday afternoon a convicted felon, trapped by all the stigmas facing sex offenders. Fifteen minutes later, Harrell, teary eyed but with a smile stretching from ear to ear, strode out with his name cleared of a rape he didn’t commit but for which he spent… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Judge tosses sex assault conviction of man long fighting to clear his name

DNA evidence clears Long Branch Man of 1992 rape conviction

Dion Harrell1Dion Harrell of Long Branch spent four years in prison for a rape he did not commit.

Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced this afternoon that a recent DNA test proved the Harrell was not the source of the biological evidence found in the 17 year old victim of the 1987 rape.  Gramiccioni sad that Harrell’s conviction will be vacated.

Harrell was convicted on March 26, 1993 and released from prison in 1997.  He turned 50 years old last week and is homeless, according the the New Jersey Sex Offenders Registry.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »