Just a few hours ago, Somerset County Prosecutors filed a motion dismissing the indictment against Gerard Richardson, exonerating him of murder for which he served nineteen years. Gerard’s exoneration comes two months after a court overturned his conviction and ordered his release from prison.
Gerard was convicted of the 1994 murder based on the testimony of a forensic dentist who claimed that a bite mark on the victim’s body matched him. Gerard maintained his innocence. Although testing was inconclusive, he held out hope that DNA would one day exonerate him. In the most recent round of testing, the lab was able to detect a complete male DNA profile from the bite mark that excluded Gerard.
Gerard has begun to put his life back together after his wrongful imprisonment, starting work at FedEx just days after his release.
FBI regulations have prevented officials in New Jersey from entering the DNA profile from the bite mark into the DNA database, which has over ten million profiles of convicted offenders and could name the person responsible for the 1994 murder.
To read more about his case, visit the Innocence Project website.
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