DNA testing exonerated Maurice Hastings after serving 38 years in jail


DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Maurice Hastings was convicted of homicide and sentenced to life with out parole in 1988 for the homicide in Inglewood of Roberta Wydermyer and two different tried murders.

Los Angeles County District Lawyer George Gascón held a press convention with Hastings Friday.

Hastings maintained his innocence since he was arrested, and this yr, DNA proved him proper. He was launched from jail on Oct. 20.

Hastings begged for DNA testing for use in his case, but his requests had been denied.

Lastly, the District Lawyer’s Conviction Integrity Unit and the Innocence Venture at Cal State L.A. labored collectively on Hastings’s declare.

It wasn’t till this summer season that his DNA was submitted exhibiting his DNA didn’t match the proof.

“Due to trendy science, we now know the identification of one other man we imagine was concerned within the abduction, sexual assault, and homicide Mrs. Wydermyer,” Gascon stated.

With so a few years misplaced, Hastings stated he simply needs to take pleasure in life.

“I am not pointing fingers. I am not standing up right here a bitter man. However I simply wish to take pleasure in my life whereas I’ve it. And I simply wish to transfer ahead,” Hastings stated.

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