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Idaho Innocence Project helps Indiana man

Posted at 10:19 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 15:17:14-04
When Darryl Pinkins entered prison he was in his 30's. Now he's walking out in his 60's an innocent man. 
 
"It's like this day was meant to be. And I know it was," said Pinkins speaking to a crowd of reporters in Indiana. 
 
In 1991, Pinkins was convicted of taking part in a gang rape of a woman and sentenced to 65 years behind bars. 
In 2007, the Idaho Innocence Project was brought into work on his case using their science background. 
 
"He has a son who is 24, who was in the womb when his father was sent to prison. Falsely convicted," Said Doctor Greg Hampikian the Executive Director of the Idaho Innocence Project.
 
The Idaho Innocence Project used new technology that marries DNA evidence with computers. Doctor Hampikian says that it's software that prosecutors use all the time, but it was the first time it was used to exonerate someone. 
 
"You can look at complicated mixtures that were not possible to interpret by people like me. You acutely need to do very complicated math that would take me years to do. It takes the computer several days to do," Doctor Hampikian explained. 
 
Dr. Hampikian says that with this new technology, hundreds if not thousands of cases could be reviewed including some here in Idaho.