DNA test indicates Newport News man wrongly convicted of rape

DNA tests performed beneath Virginia's one-of-a-kind post-conviction DNA testing agenda indicate that a Newport News man who served seven years in prison for a 1981 rape didn't commit the crime, and he wants Virginia's high court to declare him innocent.

Calvin Wayne Cunningham would be the eighth man cleared by decades-old biological confirmation and the third since Virginia began its massive project to clear those who may have been incorrectly convicted in the 1970s and 1980s from organic evidence saved before DNA testing was accessible.

Cunningham, 57, was convicted in 1981 of raping the supervisor at his apartment complex in Newport News. He was informed in February that DNA tests get rid of him as a possible source of semen left at the prospect, one of his attorneys told Virginia's Forensic Science Board on Wednesday.

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