Attorneys fight to clear W.Va. inmate of ’01 rape
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for a West Virginia inmate who has served more than a decade for a rape his lawyers claim DNA proves he didn’t commit are headed back to court to try to clear his name.
Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Bedell is considering whether to overturn Joseph Buffey’s conviction for the 2001 rape and robbery of an 83-year-old Clarksburg woman. A three-day hearing begins Wednesday.
A DNA test conducted on biological evidence left at the scene excluded Buffey as a contributor and hit on another man last year. That man, Adam Bowers, is serving time for another assault.
Buffey’s attorneys fought for more than a year to have prosecutors run the DNA through the national database that produced the match.
Prosecuting attorney Joseph Shaffer has fought efforts to free Buffey.
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