DNA evidence keeps rapist in prison

THE BALTIMORE SUN

DNA tests on a convicted rapist confirmed this week that his two-decade-old conviction was valid, the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office said.

Samuel Malone was convicted by an Anne Arundel County jury in March 1983 for the rape and sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman who had been jogging through Saw Mill Creek Park in Glen Burnie.

Sperm and hair evidence had been used at Malone's trial, but enhanced DNA testing was not available then, according to county prosecutors.

This summer, the Innocence Project, a national group that works to overturn wrongful convictions, requested a blood sample from Malone, county prosecutors said.

The blood sample was compared with DNA on a vaginal swab that had been taken from the victim after the attack in November 1982.

Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said he did not oppose the testing.

Malone is serving a life sentence at the Maryland House of Corrections in Jessup.

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