Grimes Exonerated in 1987 Rape Case 10/5/2012 5:33:52 PM
A three-judge panel in Newton has cleared 66-year-old Willie Grimes after they ruled he was wrongly convicted in a 1987 rape case. The charges of rape and kidnapping have been dismissed and Grimesí name has been removed from the N.C. Sex Offender Registry.
Yesterday (October 4), Albert Lindsey Turner of Hickory refused to testify in connection to the case. His attorney cited Turnerís right against self-incrimination.
The decision not to testify is reportedly connected to Turnerís arrest last week in connection to a different rape case dating back to 1973. A court date in that case is set for October 17.
Fingerprints taken from a banana inside the victim's apartment in the 1987 case reportedly matched Turner's. The victim had told Police that her attacker ate fruit after the rape. The victim, who was 69 years old at the time of the rape, has since passed away.
Grimes could be eligible for compensation for wrongful incarceration. N.C. state law allows for payments of up to $50,000 per year up to a total of $750,000.
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