NEW evidence has emerged implicating a man in the murder of a groom who has previously been tried twice and exonerated.
Robert Earl Hayes, 58, was charged with the February 1990 rape and murder of Pamela Albertson, first in 1995 and then again in 1997.
Albertson, 32, was a groom at the Pompano Beach Racetrack in Florida.
She and Hayes had worked together on the track and he was reportedly spotted with her before the murder.
Hayes was also the one who allegedly found her body, NBC Miami reported, after police said she was choked to death.
Prosecutors said Albertson expressed her fear of Hayes’ murder to others. They also claimed that Hayes had a history of violence.
Hayes was found guilty in 1991 and sentenced to death. However, he was not executed.
The case was overturned by the Florida Superior Court in 1995 after an appeals court found that the original DNA tests were unreliable.
In 1997, Hayes was found not guilty at a retrial.
Now, new DNA tests performed on semen from Albertson’s crime scene provided “very strong evidence” that it came from Hayes, according to Broward County Prosecutor Harold Pryor.
“Our Belief Verification Unit is dedicated to seeking the truth and verifying plausible claims of innocence by individuals who have exhausted all their rights of appeal and have nowhere to turn. We go with an open mind, without prejudice, and follow the evidence wherever we go,” Pryor said in a statement.
In this case, the new DNA evidence implicates Robert Earl Hayes in a 1990 murder of which a jury found not guilty.
“We believe it is just as important to tell the truth about what happened in this case and to try – where possible – to hold Mr Hayes accountable as it is to exonerate the innocent.”
NO FREE MAN
Although he was not convicted in the Albertson case, Hayes is not a free man.
While Hayes cannot be tried again for the Albertson murder due to the double jeopardy clause, it could affect his parole for the murder of Leslie Dickenson.
Dickenson, a groom at Vernon Downs in central New York, was murdered on August 14, 1987.
Her death was staged as a hanging, and despite evidence of foul play, such as stab wounds and lack of money, the coroner ruled it a suicide.
After Albertson’s murder in 1990, the Dickenson case was re-examined.
When tried for the murder of Dickenson, 38, in 2004, Hayes pleaded guilty to manslaughter, arson and burglary.
Hayes is scheduled for parole in 2025.
Trying to prove innocence
The Innocence Project of New York has tried to prove Hayes’ innocence in the Dickenson case.
They asked Pryor’s office for help hoping to uncover old evidence, including hair, thinking it might help Hayes in the Dickenson case.
When new DNA tests were performed on hair found on Albertson’s hand, the tests showed it likely belonged to her and not another suspect, according to Pryor.
The hair had originally shown to be from an unidentified white individual.
Because Hayes is black, his attorney used this error to show that Hayes’ connection to Albertson’s death was inconclusive.
With this new evidence, Hayes’ defense in the Albertson case falls apart.
Pryor wrote a letter to the New York Parole Board asking that Hayes not be released based on this new evidence.
“We will be speaking to the Parole Board in New York to ensure Mr. Hayes is not released from prison and we will do so in the interest of justice and to help protect all communities,” Pryor said.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5577897/pamela-albertson-robert-hayes-dna-evidence/ Shock twist after horse groom, 32, was strangled to death with new evidence tied to man already tried TWICE for her murder