New Jersey Man Freed After Bite-Mark Evidence Re-Examined

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A jury said in 1995 that Gerard Richardson was a murderer. DNA evidence suggests otherwise.

The 48-year-old New Jersey man walked out of a federal courthouse Tuesday, a day after a judge threw out his conviction over bite-mark evidence. Richardson, 48, was met by family members and his attorney from the Innocence Project, the organization that got a court-ordered DNA test that showed the bite mark left on the murder victim contained another man’s DNA.

“I’m starting to believe it now. The cold air’s hitting me,” Richardson said as he walked down the steps of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal courthouse after posting $5,000 bail.

“I’m just happy to be home,” he said. “It’s been a long road. This is one step closer to me rebuilding my life.”

Richardson was convicted in 1995 of the murder of 19-year-old Monica Reyes, whose body was found in…

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