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Roosevelt Glenn exonerated by TrueAllele science of 1989 rape

Crown Point, IN

Lake County Superior Court Judge T. Edward Page vacated the conviction of Roosevelt Glenn today, and dismissed the charges. Glenn was wrongly punished for a 1989 rape he did not commit, and served his full sentence of almost 17 years.

The Gary man was one of five accused of abducting and raping a woman in Hammond. Glenn, along with co-defendant Darryl Pinkins, was convicted despite questionable physical evidence.

Glenn was sentenced to 35 years, and released in 2009. Pinkins had been sentenced to 65 years, but was exonerated by TrueAllele® science and released in April 2016. Cybergenetics TrueAllele again provided the newly discovered DNA evidence needed for Glenn's post-conviction relief.

Professor Fran Watson, and her students the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney Wrongful Conviction Clinic, have represented Glenn and Pinkins since 1999. Glenn wrote a book about his experience. Boise State University Professor Greg Hampikian and Cybergenetics Dr. Mark Perlin worked pro bono on this case.


  • Man's conviction for 1989 rape vacated - Indiana Lawyer
  • Order granting successive petition for postconviction relief and dismissing reinstated felony case - Order
  • He went to prison for rape. Proof of his innocence surfaced 25 years later. - Indy Star
  • Innocent Nightmare - Amazon

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