Last week, the Ohio Innocence Project helped vacated the conviction of Evin King, a man who has spent the last 23 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit. This marks the 25th individual the Ohio Innocence Project has exonerated since its founding in 2003. Leeseberg & Valentine would like to extend their sincere congratulations to everyone who had a role in Evin's exoneration.
Like many of the cases worked on by the Ohio Innocence Project, this was a long time in the making. After exhausting his appeals after trial, Evin sought the help of the Ohio Public Defender's office ("OPD"), who started working on his case in 2004. In 2009, Evin and OPD had huge break in the case when DNA testing revealed that male DNA found under the victim's fingernails matched the male DNA found on the victim's vaginal swabs and that both of these samples excluded Evin King. Despite this evidence, the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas held this evidence was insufficient to prove that Evin was "actually innocent."