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Man set Free after spending 38 Years in Prison for False Rape Conviction



Man set Free after spending 38 Years in Prison for False Rape Conviction - BellaNaijaA Louisiana man Malcolm Alexander has been released from jail after serving 38 years for a false rape accusation.

The Innocence Project, a non-profit which secured the release of Alexander, shared his story, from his journey to prison in 1979, to his eventual release.

DNA evidence proved that his conviction – a result of an incompetent lawyer and an unreliable identification process – was wrong.

The events that led to his conviction are a little more complicated: Alexander had had consensual sex with a white woman who asked him for money and then accused him of sexual assault.

The woman’s accusation was found to be uncorroborated, and the police dropped the case.

Another white woman, around the same time, was also sexually assaulted. Her assailant had grabbed her from behind in her new antique store, and with a gun to her head, led her to a small, dark bathroom where he raped her from behind.

When 4 months later the woman was asked to identify her assailant from an array of photos that included Alexander’s (as a result of his prior accusation) she “tentatively” chose his.

In a physical line-up 3 days later, with Alexander the only one present among those whose photo was in the array picked from, the woman again “tentatively” selected him.

Alexander’s attorney, characteristically incompetent, did not make court appearances and failed to file important pleadings, including a motion challenging the identification.

The Innocence Project took up Alexander’s case back in 1996, and had a breakthrough in 2013, after hair evidence recovered from the location where the rape took place was found.

DNA testing proved that 3 crime scene hairs had the same DNA profile that did not match with Alexander’s or the victim.

Released finally, his family – son, grandson, mother and sister – were excited to receive him, jumping for joy.

Read Malcolm Alexander’s full story on The Innocence Project.

Photo Credit: @innocence


  1. Ariere

    February 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    That’s 38 years stolen from him that he will never get back. The American justice system is rigged against the blacks..

  2. Funmilola

    February 3, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I can’t just imagine the enormous pain this man has been through….

  3. Chinwe

    February 3, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Thank God he lived to see this day. .May God never allow us to go through this…

    • Wendy

      February 3, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      AMEN ??

  4. John

    February 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    This is what femtards and the wannebe man-hating akatas “men are scum” types wants in Nigeria. GOD FORBID

    • dhoney

      February 3, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Women and wickedness have been working hand in hand dated back as far as Garden of Eden..smh.


    February 3, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    ….and no one will ever know the face of the blaady liar!

    Rape screamers turning serious crimes into a ridiculous joke! Sorry for true victims, but it’s safer not to believe anyone till proven otherwis

    • Kenechi

      February 3, 2018 at 11:57 pm

      Take it easy. She’s an actual victim. But probably one filled with racism or whatever else made her point out an innocent man as guilty. The police is largely at fault. How can you do ID parade when the actual rapist did it from behind? The woman likely didn’t see his face.

  6. Gloria

    February 3, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    The injustice in America is an epidemic! Naija is better! People should better believe it.

  7. Smackdown

    February 4, 2018 at 12:11 am

    White Women have been getting black men in trouble since before Christ. I hope he sues, and gets $1 million for every year he lost

  8. Jacob

    February 4, 2018 at 7:52 am

    All the ignorant people here saying women and wickedness. How did you draw that conclusion from that story? The system is rigged against blacks or the justice system in America is very faulty as a man was giving such a sentence with circumstantial evidence would have been the argument of a reasoning mind. The woman was raped!!! A man caused this chain of reaction in the first place but no!!, you blame women for everything! As I read the comments of Africans especially Nigerian men, I’m ashamed to b categorized among such a bunch. A lot of men are entitled and unreasoning and that’s a fact! This is a very very sad and unfortunate event and the American system should be ashamed!!! of themselves.

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