Michigan Man May be Cleared of Rape Charges with New DNA Find

by on January 24, 2014

In 1998, 39-year-old Jamie Peterson was convicted of the rape and murder of a 68-year-old Kalkaska woman after he gave an initial confession. However, even though Peterson, who suffers from mental illness, quickly took back his confession, the prosecution decided to pursue charges against him. Peterson has since enduringly maintained his innocence while serving his life sentence.

New Evidence

In early December, the DNA of 35-year-old Jason Anthony Ryan was found to match semen discovered at the victim’s home after her 1996 slaying. Ryan has since been arrested on charges of homicide, and his bond has been set at $2 million.

Freedom for Peterson?

Supporters of Peterson are still working to get him exonerated and released from prison, though authorities still claim to have reason to suspect him as an accomplice in the case. It was reported that Peterson “had information about the rape and killing that could have only been known to someone who took part in the crime,” and an inmate allegedly told investigators that Peterson had bragged about killing the victim while behind bars.

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