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Texas: DNA Test Leads to Freedom After 30 Years

A 58-year-old man who served nearly 30 years in prison on a murder conviction has been freed after DNA testing pointed to another man as the culprit. The convict, Randolph Arledge, was allowed to go free on Monday by a judge in Corsicana, about 50 miles southeast of Dallas. Mr. Arledge was convicted in 1984 of stabbing Carolyn Armstrong more than 40 times and leaving her body on a dirt road. He was sentenced to 99 years. But prosecutors and Mr. Arledge’s lawyers with the Innocence Project agreed that he should be released after DNA tests on a hairnet found in Ms. Armstrong’s car turned up a near-perfect match for another man, who is still at large. Judge James Lagomarsino agreed with the lawyers and will recommend to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that the conviction be formally overturned. Mr. Arledge also served a sentence for armed robbery during part of his time in prison.