Man exonerated of 1978 rape
posted May 24 2012 5:43PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court has exonerated a James City County man wrongfully convicted of a 1978 rape.
The justices on Thursday granted a writ of actual innocence to 56-year-old Bennett Barbour.
Barbour was convicted of the rape of a 19-year-old College of William and Mary student at an off campus apartment in Williamsburg. DNA tests conducted in 2010 on material from the case didn't find Barbour's DNA. The tests identified the DNA of another man.
Barbour was released on parole in 1983. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
His attorney, Matthew Engle of the University of Virginia School of Law's Innocence Project Clinic, said he was pleased with the decision, but that it doesn't make up for the last 34 years of Barbour being labeled a rapist.