NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who was falsely imprisoned for a rape he did not commit is part of a growing number of people who have been added to the National Registry of Exonerations.
The Tennessean reports that Randall Mills spent more than 11 years in prison but was released after DNA evidence in 2008 proved that he couldn't have raped a 12-year-old neighbor. Marshall County prosecutors finally dropped all charges against Mills on April 4, in light of the DNA evidence and the neighbor's wavering on her story about the alleged rape.
Mills is one of nearly 1,400 exonerations documented in the registry. There have been at least 14 exonerations in Tennessee that are listed in the registry. The crimes range from bank fraud to child sex abuse and murder.