Entries tagged with “Paul Hildwin

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Jun 27, 2014

After Almost 30 Years, DNA Shows State’s Case Has Collapsed”

On June 26, the Florida Supreme Court over­turned the cap­i­tal mur­der con­vic­tion of Paul Hildwin and ordered a new tri­al because new DNA evi­dence com­plete­ly con­tra­dict­ed the state’s evi­dence pre­sent­ed at tri­al. Hildwin was con­vict­ed of a 1985 mur­der and sex­u­al assault. At tri­al, an FBI foren­sics expert wrong­ly claimed that bod­i­ly flu­ids found at the crime scene matched Hildwin and could not have come from the vic­tim’s boyfriend. However, more recent DNA test­ing exclud­ed Hildwin and found that the flu­ids matched the boyfriend, who is incar­cer­at­ed for the sexual…

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Mar 10, 2020

Paul Hildwin Released from Florida Prison 34 Years After Being Sentenced to Death

Paul Hildwin, whose death sen­tence was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1989 in a deci­sion it over­ruled 26 years lat­er, has been released from prison in Florida after spend­ing near­ly 34 years incar­cer­at­ed for a mur­der DNA evi­dence now shows he did not commit.