MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Supreme Court of the US state of Virginia ruled to release former sailor, who has been in prison for 33 years, due to his innocence, local media reported.
Harward was convicted for the murder of Jesse Perron and sexual assault of Perron's wife in 1982. The sentence was awarded because of the alleged coincidence of Harward's DNA with the genetic material on the rape victim.
The recent DNA tests failed to prove that Harward was involved in the crime and the court unanimously ordered to release Harward on Friday, Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper reported Thursday.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, Harward's case is the fifth Supreme Court of Virginia decision to provide a writ of actual innocence, based on new biological evidence.