Despite a confession and conviction, Johnny Lee Gates claims his innocence after 38 years in prison for a 1976 rape and murder in Columbus. After arguments by the Georgia Innocence Project, a judge has now ordered the GBI to conduct DNA testing which could exonerate him. Attorneys for the Innocence Project believe Gates’ confession is false and his fingerprints inside the apartment could be the result of police taking him to the crime scene not once, but twice. That building has since been torn down.
Although forensic testing was much more limited in the ’70’s than it is today, investigators were able to determine that semen recovered from the victim’s clothing came from someone with Type B blood. Both Gates and the victim were Type O. Read more.