Robert DuBoise wrongful conviction raping and murdering, dubois sues

A man who was exonerated after serving 37 years in prison sues for wrongful conviction.

A man who served 37 years in prison is suing police for wrongful conviction on rape and murder charges against a teenage girl.

After 37 years in jail, a man accused of rape and murder is suing police and the city of Tampa for his erroneous conviction and first death sentence.

Robert DuBoise, 56, of Florida in the United States, was released from prison in late August 2020 after officials presented new evidence establishing his innocence, according to Fox News.

DNA evidence from an untested rape kit established that he did not rape and murder Barbara Grams, 19, in 1983. No other person had been apprehended.

DuBoise, who has lost nearly four decades of his life, has taken aim at those who assisted in his conviction in the first place, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

His federal complaint lists the city of Tampa as defendants, as well as four retired police investigators and forensic dentist Dr. Richard Souviron, who testified that a bite mark on the victim originated from DuBoise.

Robert DuBoise wrongful conviction raping and murdering, dubois sues
Robert DuBoise, 56, meets media outside a correctional institute with his sister Harriet, left, and mother Myra, right, after serving 37 years in prison when officials unearthed fresh evidence proving his innocence.

"The sole physical evidence linking Mr DuBoise to the victim was falsified 'bitemark' evidence," Daniel Marshall, an attorney for the Human Rights Defense Center, said in the lawsuit. "In truth, the victim's damage was not caused by a human bite."

According to DuBoise's lawsuit, Souviron stated during a speech to police chiefs, "If you tell me that is the man who did it, I will go into court and say that is the guy who did it."

The testimony was based on the usage of a beeswax mold, which was not regarded convincing evidence in the 1980s.

According to the complaint, investigators cooperated with Claude Butler, a jailhouse informant who claimed to have witnessed Duboise confess.

The City of Tampa's spokeswoman declined to comment on the complaint.

Two legislation currently in the Florida legislature would compensate DuBoise for his years spent in prison with $US1.85 million ($A2.5 million).

A similar bill introduced earlier this year was never brought to a vote.

"Unfortunately, it appears as though the claims bill is not progressing at all," said Daniel Marshall, one of the attorneys representing DuBoise. "Given the lack of progress on the claims bill, we're exploring other options."