Man Tries to Clear Name in Sexual Assault; DNA Links to New Suspect in Decade Old Case
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on December 13, 2012 @ 7:22PM
Created on December 13, 2012 @ 7:19PM
A new suspect was named in a decade-old robbery and sexual assault. This is for the same case in which a man pleaded guilty but is now asking to be released.
Joseph Buffey admitted to robbing and sexually assaulting an 83-year-old woman when he was only 19. Now, about a decade later, he says he didn't do it.
Buffey, with the help of the Innocence Project, has an active challenge with a hearing set for March.
During a pre-trial on Thursday, it came out that there is a match for the DNA found at the scene. After being retested, investigators found that it matches Adam Bowers, who is also behind bars for unrelated crimes. He hasn't been charged in this case.
Prosecutors say this DNA doesn't exonerate Buffey because he pleaded guilty. When that happened, Buffey was sentenced to 40 years. He's currently incarcerated. Buffey does have a hearing in March in front of a Harrison County judge regarding that matter. Two more pre-trials are scheduled before that.
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