Man Working to Clear Name after Admitting to Decade Old Sexual Assault
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on January 16, 2013 @ 7:59PM
Created on January 16, 2013 @ 5:45PM
The lawyers for a man trying to clear his name in a decade-old sexual assault spent some time in the courtroom on Wednesday.
Joseph Buffey admitted that he robbed and sexually assaulted an 83-year-old woman when he was 19-years-old. Now about a decade later, he's trying to say he didn't do it.
DNA found at the scene was recently tested and matches another man. Prosecutors said that doesn't exonerate Buffey because he admitted to the crime.
A habius corpus hearing, which gives the convicted felon a chance to prove his innocence, is set for March.
During a pre-trial, 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. Click Here to read more
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