“I was wrongly convicted of murder. I spent nearly 17 years in prison fighting my case. When I finally won a new trial, I chose Greg Robey to be a part of my defense team. He found an FBI agent who had worked on the case in the 1980s, along with critical pieces of evidence that we thought were long lost. After a long and very hard-fought trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I owe my freedom to Greg Robey and my defense team.” -R.R., Ravenna, Ohio
The Ohio Supreme Court ordered the review of the case of a former Akron police detective who was convicted of murdering his ex-wife in 1998. The court ordered a determination to be made on whether or not new DNA testing could detect information that previous testing could not. What is at issue is whether new DNA tests could reveal the presence of another male's DNA in the bite marks left on the victim.
This is an important decision because DNA testing methods have advanced so much over the past few years. The new testing methods are both more sensitive and more accurate. The modern criminal defense lawyer must have a basic working knowledge of DNA testing in order to vigorously defend those accused of crimes, such as rape and murder, where DNA testing is often prevalent.