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Tests: DNA from Ohio murder doesn't match Akron inmate

6:48 PM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- Test results show that DNA recovered from a 17-year-old Ohio murder didn't come from an Akron man who is serving a life sentence for the crime.

Dewey Jones, who has always maintained his innocence, was convicted in March 1995 for robbing and killing 71-year-old Goodyear retiree Neal Rankin two years earlier.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Tuesday that tests of DNA on rope used to tie Rankin's wrists, the knife used to cut the rope and pieces of Rankin's shirt sleeves did not match that of the 50-year-old Jones.

The test results were filed in Summit County court Tuesday where Jones' attorney from the Ohio Innocence Project has filed motions based on the results asking that Jones' conviction be overturned or he be granted a new trial.

The Associated Press

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