Wrongly Convicted of Rape/Murder
Chad Heins had served 12 years of a life sentence for rape and murder when his letters to the Innocence Project led to a petition for DNA testing. The testing showed DNA from skin under the victim's fingernails and from pubic hair on her body did not match Chad's DNA. Remarkably, however, the skin and hair DNA did match each other, which suggested a different, unknown assailant. The judge ordered a new trial for Chad, and the state announced its intention to retry him.