There was a major update on two cold cases from 1983 as two men are linked to the murders after the wrong man was jailed for 37 years.
Robert DuBoise, 56, has been exonerated of the rape and murder of two women after new DNA evidence linked the crimes to two other previously convicted criminals – Amos Robinson, 58, and Abron Scott, 57.
In 1983, Robinson and Scott allegedly went on a rape-murder spree, with one of the victims, Barbara Grams, being as young as 19, according to officials.
Gram’s body was found on August 18, 1983 behind a dentist’s office in Tampa Heights, Florida.
Shortly before allegedly committing this crime, Robinson and Scott raped and killed 41-year-old Linda Lansen.
Sometime in July 1983, her body was found in the bushes in Town and Country with a gunshot wound to the head.
Linda Sheffield, Lansen’s niece, said: “These two men not only robbed me, they robbed a 7-year-old little girl of her mother.
“When they’re murdered the shock is there, but 39 years later the shock isn’t there.”
“But the emptiness remains and the pain remains and the crying remains. It’s not going away,” she said.
According to Hillsborough County Attorney Andrew Warren, Robinson and Scott are also the subject of other cold cases in the Tampa Bay area from the same time period.
In 2018, Warren’s office established a Conviction Review Unit, which led to DuBoise’s exoneration two years later.
“Our investigation uncovered DNA evidence that showed Robert did not murder Barbara Grams; however, this DNA evidence provided new leads and prompted a new investigation,” Warren said.
Investigators took a DNA sample from the crime scene and when it didn’t match DuBoise’s, they searched a national database of DNA samples from convicted felons, which led them to Robinson and Scott.
According to The Florida Innocence Project, at the time of his trial there was no physical or circumstantial evidence linking DuBoise to the crime.
A prison informant falsely testified that DuBoise confessed to the crime while he was incarcerated, according to the nonprofit.
“I feel sad for the families who have waited so long for a real closure,” DuBoise told CNN on Friday.
“I spent 37 years in prison for a crime of which I was completely innocent.
“This is what happens when police focus on the wrong person, invent evidence to support their theory, and don’t investigate to find out the truth.
“Life is ruined and communities are less secure,” he said.
The two criminals are already serving life sentences for a murder they committed in Pinellas County in October 1983.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5943427/robert-duboise-exonerated-after-new-dna-evidence/ Important update on cold cases as two men are linked to 1983 murders where the wrong man went to prison for 37 years