A 64-year-old man who spent 44 years in jail for a rape he didn’t commit, has regained his freedom on Thursday, August 27, 2020.
Ronnie Lengthy, who’s from North Carolina, was a 20-year-old Black man residing in Harmony when he was accused of raping a white girl, Sarah Judson Bost, at knifepoint in her house on the night of the 25 April 1976.
The courtroom handed an 80-year jail sentence to Lengthy for the first-degree rape of Sarah Bost and first-degree housebreaking by an all-white jury within the 70s, Every day Mail studies.
Regardless of a long time of appeals to overturn the conviction, and being in possession of DNA proof all through the years pointed to his innocence, he remained in jail.
The DNA proof in query pointed to hair samples and clothes fibers not matching these of the accused.
In response to media studies, the proof was not shared with the protection on the time of the trial.
In 2015, it was revealed that 43 fingerprints taken from the scene ‘excluded’ the prisoner because the supply of the prints.
A request for a brand new trial was nonetheless rejected by the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court docket of Appeals the identical 12 months.
Lengthy was put in a photograph lineup as the one man sporting a leather-based jacket, which was allegedly what was worn on the night time of the assault, in keeping with courtroom information.
On the time, detectives mentioned they thought the suspected rapist may need been amongst defendants in courtroom on different prices the identical day.
Lengthy had an alibi for the time of the assault.
His mom, who he lived with on the time, and the mom of his youngster mentioned he was on a bunch telephone name with them.
He was on the point of attend a celebration in Charlotte on the time of the assault, they mentioned.
The 4th Circuit opinion, led by Choose Stephanie D. Thacker, cited ‘a troubling and hanging sample of deliberate police suppression of fabric proof.’