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DNA Frees Dallas Man 25 Years After Rape Conviction

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A researcher looks at a laboratory sample under a microscope. (credit: AP Photo)

A researcher looks at a laboratory sample under a microscope. (credit: AP Photo)

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DALLAS (AP) - A judge has ordered the release of a Dallas man after declaring that DNA evidence showed he should not have been convicted of sexual assault 25 years ago.

State District Judge Gracie Lewis on Thursday ordered 61-year-old Larry Sims freed on a personal recognizance bond while his case is processed. Lewis apologized to Sims on behalf of the state of Texas for his imprisonment.

Dallas County prosecutors did not oppose Sims’ release.

The victim who accused Sims of rape testified that she didn’t have sex with another man in a group at a party. But a recent test found DNA from the other man and not Sims.

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