BOSTON (CBS) – Tyrone Clark, convicted of rape in 1973, dropped the case Wednesday after the victim said she was unsure of the accuracy of her identification 50 years ago.
In addition, a knife handle was used as evidence that was damaged to the touch, biological material on the victim’s clothing was lost, and forensic evidence that could potentially clarify Clark was lost.
“This case was brought to the attention of my office after the victim, unsolicited, raised serious doubts about her defendant’s identity. As we began to dig deeper into the case, we learned that nearly half a century ago, the Commonwealth lost or destroyed potentially punishable evidence. Both the defendant and this administration were denied the opportunity to perform modern forensic testing due to the failure of previous administrations to maintain such DNA evidence. The Commonwealth should never benefit from our failures and misdeeds,” said District Attorney Rachael Rollins.
Tyrone Clark was also found guilty of robbery and unarmed kidnapping in connection with the 1973 incident. Those convictions are based on evidence and testimony unrelated to the lost evidence and will not be affected by the decision. of the judge.