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Chris Bennett - Conviction Overturned 2006

Chris Bennett was convicted in 2002 of vehicular homicide for allegedly driving drunk and causing an accident which killed his best friend, Ron Young. OIP students investigated his case and were able to prove that Bennett was actually the passenger, not the driver, of the car. Evidence included DNA evidence in the form of Bennett's blood found on the passenger side of the vehicle and a new witness who saw Bennett in the passenger seat. Mr. Bennett was released on Mother's Day 2006 after serving four years of his nine-year sentence. Chris Bennett's case was featured in a documentary on Court TV in October 2007.
For more information:

  • Law Students, DNA Evidence Help Free Man From Prison, CNN.com, May 15, 2006
  • Jay Warren, Ohio Innocence Project Frees Another Man, 9 News, May 14, 2006
  • Sharon Coolidge, UC Group Frees Ohio Inmate Innocence Project Exonerates Second Wrongly Convicted, Cincinnati Enquirer, Jan. 24, 2006
  • Phil Trexler, Appeals Court Orders New Trial In Fatal Crash DNA Evidence Indicates That Convicted Man, 30, Was Passenger, Not Driver, In 2001 Wreck In Stark, Akron Beacon Journal, Jan. 24, 2006