Man released from California prison after 38 years following DNA test

Man released from California prison after 38 years following DNA test

Maurice Hastings, 69, who spent more than 38 years behind bars for a 1983 murder, has been released from a California prison after long-untested DNA evidence proved him innocent. While the DNA test pointed to a different person. “I prayed for many years that this day would come,” said Hastings, “I am not pointing fingers. I am not standing up here a bitter man, but I just want to enjoy my life now while I have it. “The district attorney, George Gascón said in a statement, “What has happened to Mr Hastings is a terrible injustice. This system is not perfect, and when we learn of new evidence which causes us to lose confidence in a conviction, it is our obligation to act swiftly”.

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