June 14, 2013 8:40 PM

DNA test frees man from a long prison sentence

Serving a lengthy prison sentence for a rape he didn’t commit, Robert E. Nelson asked for DNA testing to prove his innocence. Twice since 2009, he was turned down. In late 2011, Jackson County prosecutors sought testing for a very different reason: to find Nelson’s accomplice. A few months later, a judge approved Nelson’s newest request. Evidence linked two other men — not Nelson — to the crime.

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