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Anamosa Prison Inmate Not Exonerated in 1976 Murder Case

An Anamosa prison inmate was hoping DNA testing would exonerate him of a 1976 murder – but that’s not the case.

Gentric Hicks has presumed his innocence in a fatal robbery that happened 45 years ago. But testing on a cap worn by the presumed killer has not cleared him.

It’s the latest setback for lawyers hoping to prove Iowa’s first wrongful conviction based on DNA.

Recent court-ordered testing found Hicks cannot be excluded as one of at least two people whose DNA is believed to be on the orange hunting cap. But the finding is inconclusive and does not rule out Hicks’ late half-brother, whom a key witness initially identified as the killer, because authorities do not have his DNA on file.

Hicks is serving life at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.

 

photo and story courtesy of AP

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