Florida Man Freed By DNA Testing
Posted December 18, 2009on:
James Bain, 54, spent approximately thirty five years in a prison in Bartow, Florida for a crime he did not commit. He was recently freed and announced as not guilty when the results of DNA testing came back and had no links to him whatsoever. Bain stated to reporters ” I’m not angry, I got God in my head. I knew one day he will reveal me.” (CNN) Bain was only 19 years old at the time when a jury found him guilty and he was convicted on “charges of kidnapping, burglary and strong-arm rape.” He was given life in prison. According to the Innocence Project, a national organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing, Bai was the person to have stayed the longest behind bars. The U.S. has exonerated 245 people in its history by use of DNA testing.
The 9 year old Lake Wales, Fla. victim had picked Bain out from a lineup of 5 photos of potential suspects whom he stated had “bushy sideburns and a moustache.”
It is always great to see these people receive freedom but it is also very disheartening as these men were innocent from the start and many times were the victims of racial profiling or wrongful accusation/scapegoating.