Florida man falsely accused of murder, rape is set free after 37 years

After being locked up for 37, a Florida man was formally cleared Monday of a 1983 rape and murder that DNA evidence proved he did not commit.

Robert DuBoise was convicted in the 1983 murder of 19-year-old Barbara Grams. She had been raped and beaten while walking home from her job at a Tampa mall. He was initially sentenced to death, then resentenced to life in prison.

According to officials DuBoise’s trial relied on a sketchy jailhouse informant and faulty bite mark analysis. He was finally released from prison last month.

A hearing before Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Christopher Nash resulted in an order wiping away the previous convictions and life sentence, and also removing DuBoise from the state’s sex offender registry.

The exoneration came as a result of cooperation between prosecutors in Warren’s office and the Innocence Project, which works to free prisoners who have been wrongly convicted. Susan Friedman, the Innocence Project lawyer who represents DuBoise, said he consistently maintained his innocence even as he languished on Death Row initially and then often in solitary confinement on a journey through six Florida prisons.

Since being released, DuBoise, has reunited with his mother and sister, and he has been living under housing provided to people who were wrongfully imprisoned.

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