DNA Clears Man of Rape
After 25 Years in Prison
ATLANTA -- Robert Clark always said he was innocent in the 1981 kidnapping and rape of an Atlanta woman, and now DNA evidence has shown that another man committed the attack.
After spending nearly 25 years in prison for the crime -- during which time his mother died and his children grew up and now have families of their own -- a judge signed an order Thursday to set Clark free.
At the end of the 15-minute hearing, before Cobb County Superior Court Judge Dorothy A. Robinson, Peter J. Neufeld, an attorney for Clark and co-director of the Innocence Project, patted Clark on the back and said, "You're free to go, fella."
A smiling Clark hugged and kissed relatives. He repeatedly said, "I told you. I told you."
After the DNA tests showed Clark could not have been the attacker, further tests against state and federal DNA databases of convicts matched samples from Clark's friend, Floyd Antonio "Tony" Arnold. Cobb County prosecutors, who originally convicted Clark, are looking into whether to seek charges against Arnold, spokeswoman Kathy Watkins said.
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