WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has formally declared the innocence of a Washington man who spent 28 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

Santae Tribble’s long fight for exoneration ended Friday when a judge granted his request for a certificate of innocence. The judge wrote that there is “clear and convincing evidence” that he didn’t commit the crimes he was convicted of.

Tribble, 51, was convicted in 1978 after an FBI agent testified that his hair was matched to one in a stocking found near where a taxi driver was killed in Southeast Washington. The killer had worn a stocking mask.

DNA was used to prove that the hair was not Tribble’s. The case led to national scrutiny of the FBI’s forensic science system.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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