Offbeat Kirk Bloodworth's case has lasting impact 25 years after exoneration

13:45  03 july  2018
13:45  03 july  2018 Source:   wbaltv.com

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He had spent almost nine years in prison, two of those years facing execution. Life after Exoneration . “If it could happen to me, it could happen to anybody,” Bloodsworth has said many times. Featured Cases . William Barnhouse. Time Served: 25 years .

Kirk Noble Bloodsworth (born October 31, 1960) is a former Maryland waterman and the first American sentenced to death to be exonerated post-conviction by DNA testing.

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The case has lasting impact. Time has healed many things, but the memory of his ordeal remains vivid.

"It feels like yesterday to me," Bloodsworth said.

Bloodsworth walked out of a Jessup prison on June 28, 1993, as the first person in the country to serve time on death row and be exonerated by DNA.

When asked how he feels, Bloodsworth said, "Fantastic ... and you came out in that light and everything just went 'ching!' It's like 'Alice in Wonderland.' I ain't Alice, but boy I felt like her."

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Bloodsworth had been convicted in Baltimore County of the rape and murder of 9-year-old Dawn Hamilton in 1984. The DNA testing that proved his innocence came after a lengthy 11 News I-Team investigation of the case.

The I-Team revealed that police mishandled and lost critical evidence. Other leads weren't pursued. Prosecutors relied almost solely on testimony from witnesses who reported seeing Bloodsworth in the area of the crime. One witness told the I-Team that she could have made a mistake.

Bloodsworth's break came because then-Baltimore County Judge Jim Smith saved some of the case evidence.

A lab in California found semen on the victim's underwear. DNA testing, which was unavailable at the time of the crime, eliminated Bloodsworth as the source in May 1993.

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"I remember that day I got that Post-It note stuck in my cell door. It said, 'Urgent! Call your attorney! Kirk, you're innocent,'" Bloodsworth said.

Shawn Armbrust, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, credits Bloodsworth's advocacy for reforms since his exoneration.

"He has influenced policy, he has influenced individual cases, and so his case has had more impact than others," Armbrust said.

In 2013, Maryland repealed its death penalty. Bloodsworth is a living example of its flaws.

"I just felt like the death penalty was not solid enough to give it a shot. When you've executed five people and exonerated one, there ain't a doggone bookie in Vegas (that will) take them odds," Bloodsworth said.

Nationally, the 2004 Innocence Protection Act mandated death penalty reforms and created federal post-conviction DNA testing grants that bear Bloodsworth's name.

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Andre Hatchett, exonerated of murder in 2016 after 25 years in prison. Careful examination of the hundreds of exonerations has identified disturbing trends that contribute to wrongful Kirk Bloodsworth, exonerated in 1993 after eight years in prison, two of them on death row.

Armbrust said the Bloodsworth case has another legacy.

"There are individuals who, as a result of Kirk's case, have recognized that the system can get it wrong," Armbrust said.

Bloodsworth has learned the craft of making jewelry. Two products reflect his story include an exonoree's ring and a design that mimics DNA.

Recently, Bloodsworth contacted the governor's office in Maryland, seeking additional compensation for his wrongful conviction. He was paid $300,000 in 1994.

"I'm 57 years old. I got Type 2 diabetes. I lost all my Social Security for all those 10 years, nine years, I guess," Bloodsworth said. "(I'm) the only death-row inmate that they had exonerated in their life, and they made sure that others wouldn't suffer the same fate. They ought to treat me a little better than that."

The governor's office told 11 News that it is preparing a response to Bloodsworth's request for additional compensation.

In 2004, another man with a history of sexual assault pleaded guilty to Hamilton's killing. Kimberly Ruffner was identified as the real killer through DNA. He is serving a sentence of life in prison.

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