Man serving life sentence could go free

April 26, 2009 8:36:34 PM PDT
A Houston man serving a life sentence for rape and robbery could go free this week with the help of the same office that put him behind bars. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Biological evidence from the 1987 conviction of Gary Alvin Richard was re-tested after an independent report uncovered mistakes at the Houston Police Department's crime lab. Richard's defense attorney says the new tests clear his client.

Prosecutors plan to ask a judge to release Richard on bond at a hearing Thursday. They have not decided whether to re-try him or drop the charges.

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