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DNA project bears more fruit

Two more old criminal cases are being scrutinized after DNA tests suggest the possibility of wrongful convictions.

In 2005, after biological evidence cleared five men in decades-old rape convictions, then-Gov. Mark R. Warner ordered that DNA testing be conducted on more than 500,000 old forensic case files.

Last week, it was disclosed that DNA testing may clear Victor Anthony Burnette of Richmond, who served eight years for a 1979 rape that he maintains he did not commit, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Additionally, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Forensic Science confirmed that it had also contacted a Tidewater prosecutor’s office “about post-conviction test results that may prompt additional investigation by law enforcement.”

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