DNA Testing Ordered in 1984 Va. Sexual Assault Case

April 5, 2010

A Richmond Circuit Court judge has ordered DNA testing in a 26-year-old sexual assault case. Thomas E. Haynesworth's lawyers requested the testing even though he was acquitted of the crime.

Haynesworth's lawyers say in court papers that the DNA testing would provide further evidence to support Haynesworth's claim of innocence in several other rapes and robberies in 1984.

Haynesworth is serving 64 years for a rape in Henrico County and an abduction and robbery in Richmond. No evidence in these cases remains for DNA testing.

In September, The Virginia Supreme Court vacated another rape conviction from Haynesworth's record after DNA testing eliminated him as a contributor of semen from the scene of another sexual assault in Richmond.

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