Ricardo Rachell was imprisoned in 2003, convicted without any DNA evidence of sexually assaulting a little boy. Even though two members of the jury had questions about the way in which the mother led her son to accuse Rachell, they gave him 40 years. His mother died while he was in prison. During the six years of his wrongful incarceration, numerous attacks were carried out against children in the same area, using the same method that Rachell was accused of. Although he alerted the authorities to this, and used it as part of his appeal, he was ignored until, magically, it was announced that DNA HAD been collected from the victim and guess what? It wasn't Rachell's! In fact, it belonged to a man who was at that time in custody.
His defense lawyer never asked to have the DNA tested because he didn't know it existed.
"However, I know that prosecutors are under a continuing obligation to provide exculpatory evidence," Hayes wrote. "Further I was aware that the State did not have any DNA evidence or other physical evidence to support the claim of sexual assault."
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He was convicted on the apparently coached testimony of two little boys and their mother. If that DNA evidence had not finally come to light, he would still be rotting in jail, appeal after appeal denied. Now think about this; if the
How could any juror during that time period (2001-2008) ever vote to convict, knowing the atrocious record of the Harris county Crime Lab? How can these cases be swept under the rug and ignored, even today?