- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A judge in Washington has ordered a man who spent 28 years in prison for a rape and murder be released immediately, after DNA testing showed he is innocent.

Prosecutors say 58-year-old Donald Eugene Gates is expected to be released Tuesday from a prison in Arizona. He will be given a bus ticket to Ohio, where he’s originally from, winter clothes and $75.

Senior Judge Fred B. Ugast of the D.C. Superior Court, who presided over Mr. Gates’ trial, says he’s grateful that technology had made it possible to “right a wrong.”

Mr. Gates was convicted of the 1981 rape and murder of 21-year-old Catherine Schilling in Rock Creek Park.

Recent testing showed that Mr. Gates is not a match for the DNA found on Schilling’s body, and the work of an FBI forensic analyst involved in the investigation has been called into question.

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