Clarence Elkins

Clarence Elkins

In 1998, a man named Clarence Elkins was convicted for the murder of his mother-in-law and assault of his 6-year-old niece. He was denied an appeal on rape and murder charges despite proving the DNA didn’t match. His wife worked hard to exonerate him and found a likely suspect who was in the same jail as him. Clarence collected a cigarette he’d used and there was DNA match. The prosecutor still refused to overturn the conviction until the attorney general publicly shamed him. After he was released, it was discovered that the real killer, a convicted sex offender who lived next door to the victim, had once asked a police officer why they hadn't arrested him for the murder yet.

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