DNA helps free man convicted of murder - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

DNA helps free man convicted of murder

Charges have been dropped against a man convicted of murder in 2000.

A hearing was held Monday for David Ayers. Charges were dropped, in part, due to DNA testing.

Ayers was convicted of killing an elderly woman, Dorothy Brown, in Cleveland at CMHA apartments on Shaker Boulevard, and was sentenced to life in prison. 

The Cuyahoga County Public Defender's office fought for Ayers.  So did the Innocence Project, a group that fights for convicts who say they're wrongly convicted.

Ayers had argued prosecutors never told him at the time of trial that certain bits of evidence existed.  New DNA tests did not come back to Ayers, they came back to an unknown attacker.

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