Harris County man trying to clear his name of rape conviction

HOUSTON

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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