Harris County man trying to clear his name of rape conviction

Reginald Matthews, a convicted rapist, is fighting to clear his name of the crime. Matthews says he's innocent and he's hoping DNA from clothes left at the crime scene will set him free.

January 9, 2014 8:14:23 PM PST
Community leaders are rallying behind a man and his quest to clear his name for a crime he says he didn't commit.

Reginald Matthews spent 14 years in prison for breaking into a home with the intent to commit sexual assault. In 1990, he says he was walking home from a friend's house in southwest Houston near the crime scene when police arrested him.

The victim and her sister both identified Matthews, but later he learned the suspect left his clothes at the scene. He believes DNA from those clothes would clear him, though it would never make up for what he's lost.

"Me and my mom were never the same because her last thoughts of me were that I was a rapist," Matthews said.

Matthews' mother died while he was in prison.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office has met with him several times. They tell us they are investigating his claim.

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