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Man Suing Officials After DNA Evidence Clears Him Of Crime

Last updated on Wednesday, January 16, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - An Indianapolis man has filed suit against officials he blames for keeping him in prison for more than two years after DNA results cleared him of rape.

A judge's order exonerated 38-year-old Harold Buntin in 2005, but he wasn't released until last April--13 years after he was put behind bars.

At the time of his conviction, DNA testing was not widely used. Prosecutors linked him to the victim by her testimony--and the fact that his blood type matched that of the rapist.

His family paid for the test that showed he couldn't have been the man who robbed and raped a 22-year-old clerk at a cleaners shop in 1984. But he wasn't released until court officials discovered that the order had not been properly distributed.

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