Petition: DNA Tests Clear 2 Men Convicted in 1996 Rape Case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals says DNA evidence proves that two men had nothing to do with the rape and beating of a Norfolk woman two decades ago.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( ) reports that the Innocence Project filed papers Tuesday in the Supreme Court of Virginia arguing that DNA tests prove that Nathaniel E. Epps and Percell F. Warren were wrongfully convicted in the attack. The organization says the evidence available for testing at the time was limited.

Both men were convicted in the rape and beating of a then-40-year-old woman on Feb. 20, 1996. Sixty-five-year-old Epps is serving a 153-year sentence in connection with the case. Warren was serving 160 years before he died behind bars in 2012.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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