Here’s yet another case — we’re up to almost 300 now — where an innocent man was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. What makes this case fairly unique is that the prosecutors didn’t fight to prevent the DNA testing that proved him innocent after 18 years in prison.
Robert Dewey, imprisoned for nearly 18 years for a crime he did not commit, has been ordered released, cleared by DNA evidence that points the finger at a new suspect in the rape and murder of a Palisade woman in 1994.
“I find that Mr. Dewey is factually innocent of the crimes of which he was accused of in this case,” the judge said, noting Dewey had spent more the 6,000 days behind bars. “Mr. Dewey is now again a free man.”
The state and the defense attorneys actually worked together on this one:
Attorneys involved in Dewey’s case are reluctant to discuss details ahead of the Monday motions hearing, but his case has been taken up by a team at the state Attorney General’s Office that reviews old convictions where DNA is involved.
“We were approached by the defense attorney in this case. It’s one that we forwarded to our Justice Review Project for DNA testing,” said AG spokesman Michael Saccone. “We look to see whether someone is wrongfully incarcerated.”
Unfortunately, Colorado has no law providing any financial support to those who are exonerated. The Innocence Project is helping out some, but rebuilding his life is going to be incredibly difficult.