DNA Clears Texas Man Of Sex Assault After 20 Years

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(AP) FORT WORTH, Texas - DNA test results have cleared a man who's served more than 20 years of a life sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager.

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office is recommending that David Lee Wiggins be released on bond immediately, pending a final decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Prosecutors say DNA test results show that Wiggins is not the source of genetic evidence found on the 14-year-old girl's clothes.

He was convicted in 1989, a year after the assault in which the Fort Worth girl identified Wiggins as her attacker.

Wiggins' attorney from the Innocence Project in New York filed a motion for post-conviction DNA testing.

Prosecutors received the lab results clearing Wiggins two weeks ago.

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