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DNA clears Detroit man of slaying after 26 years in prison | The Detroit News

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DNA clears Detroit man of slaying after 26 years in prison | The Detroit News

The only person who said he heard police announce themselves during the fatal raid said something very different two months earlier.

Oralandar Brand-Williams, The Detroit News

New Haven — A piece of DNA the size of a grain of salt is giving a Detroit man his freedom back after prosecutors say he was wrongly convicted of murder decades ago.

Lacino Hamilton walked out of the Macomb Correctional Facility a free man after a Wayne County judge vacated his conviction for the 1994 slaying of his foster mother, Willa Bias, ending 26 years behind bars. 

“I’m a little overwhelmed but I’m extremely grateful,” Hamilton said during the video hearing before Judge Tracy Green of Wayne County Circuit Court.


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Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal organization that is committed to exonerating individuals who it claims have been wrongly convicted through the use of DNA testing and to reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. The group cites various studies estimating that in the United States, between 2.3% and 5% of all prisoners are innocent. The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. Scheck and Neufeld gained national attention in the mid-1990s as part of the so-called “Dream Team” of lawyers who formed part of the defense in the O. J. Simpson murder case.

As of November 17, 2019, the Innocence Project has worked on 189 successful DNA-based exonerations.

Source – Innocence Project (Updated: 18 August 2020) Wikipedia. Available at, (Accessed: 04 October 2020)