DNA testing proves Robert Nelson's innocence in 1983 rape

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man convicted of rape in the early 1980s was released on Wednesday after DNA testing exonerated him of the crime.

Robert Nelson was sentenced to 70 years in prison after being convicted of rape, sodomy and robbery. The rape victim identified Nelson as the attacker in court, but DNA testing revealed Nelson was innocent.

He and his family appealed immediately after the conviction, but he spent 30 years in prison trying to prove his innocence.

DNA testing matched two other men to the crime. Jerry Haley is behind bars, charged in the 1983 rape. The other suspect's name has not been released.

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