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DNA may overturn 1984 Henrico rape conviction

A man serving a 74 year sentence for rape could be cleared in the latest non-match DNA case to emerge from old forensic files.

Recent testing did not find Thomas E. Haynesworth’s DNA profile in evidence left at the scene of rape in Richmond for which he was convicted, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. But testing did identify the profile of an as-yet-unidentified offender whose genetic profile is in the state’s DNA databank.

Haynesworth, however, was also convicted on additional charges stemming from two separate 1984 incidents: abduction and attempted robbery in Richmond and sexual assault and abduction in Henrico.

It is not clear what, if anything, may remain to be tested in those cases.

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