A new DNA test pointed as guilty of the murder of a woman in 1990 to the man who was found not guilty in a trial held in Florida (USA), although the new evidence cannot be presented in another trial, local authorities reported on Wednesday.
Robert Earl Hayes went to trial twice for the first-degree murder of pamela albersona horse groomer at the Pompano Beach Racetrack, the Broward County State’s Attorney said.
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There is He was initially convicted and sentenced to death, but the Supreme Court of Florida overturned his conviction in 1995, after an appeals court found that some of the DNA tests were unreliablesince it was a type of test that had never been used in the state.
A jury found him not guilty in a new trial, held in 1997, but now new evidence of DNA made at the request of the New York Innocence Project implicate him again.
Double jeopardy bars Broward County prosecutors from retrying Hayes murderwho is serving between 15 and 45 years in a New York prison for manslaughter in the 1987 death of Leslie Dickensonalso a horse groomer at Vernon Downs Racecourse.
His death was initially ruled a suicide, but the case was reinvestigated after the 1990 homicide.
The inmate was seen with Albertson just before she died and it was he who “discovered” Dickenson’s body.although he was finally convicted of this case in 2004, after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
Broward State Attorney Harold F. Pryor said that the new DNA evidence “implicates” Hayes in the 1990 homicide and that it is important to “try to hold Mr. Hayes accountable, to the extent possible” and that they will speak with the Parole Board in New York so that the inmate is not released from prison.
Hayes, now 58, could be paroled in 2025.but now the Broward prosecutor is trying not to.