Press Release 08.27.20

Innocence Project Client Robert DuBoise Expected to be Released After 37 Years in Prison for 1983 Tampa Murder

DuBoise has spent nearly 37 years behind bars for a 1983 Tampa murder and rape that DNA now proves he did not commit.

By Innocence Staff

Robert DuBoise hugs his mom, Myra DuBoise, for the first time as a free person, after spending 37 years in a Florida prison for a crime he did not commit. His sister Harriett DuBoise and Innocence Project attorney Susan Friedman also by his side. (Image: Sarah Timoti/Innocence Project)

WHAT: A joint press conference announcing the release of Innocence Project client Robert DuBoise from prison. DuBoise has spent nearly 37 years behind bars for a 1983 Tampa murder and rape that DNA now proves he did not commit. The press conference will immediately follow a very brief virtual hearing presided over by Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher Nash. Judge Nash will hear the motion that was jointly filed by the Innocence Project and State Attorney Andrew Warren requesting that DuBoise be freed. Pending the judge’s approval, DuBoise will walk out of prison on Thursday.

WHO: Press conference speakers include Susan Friedman, Innocence Project Staff Attorney; Andrew Warren, State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit; Teresa Hall, Supervising Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit Conviction Review Unit.   

Upon his release Robert DuBoise, joined by his family, will make a brief statement outside the prison.

The hearing immediately before the press conference will be presided over by Judge Christopher Nash, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.

WHEN:  Thursday, August 27, 2020

  • Hearing begins 8:30 a.m. EST
  • Joint press conference will immediately follow the hearing, between approximately 8:45 to 9 a.m.
  • DuBoise’s release is expected at some point Thursday barring any unexpected delays.

WHERE:

  • Zoom Webinar hearing for public access. Meeting ID 994 8344 2381.
  • Joint press conference will be at The State Attorney 13th Judicial Circuit office located at 419 N. Pierce Street, Tampa, FL 33602 in the third-floor auditorium.
  • DuBoise is expected to be released from Hardee Correctional Institution located at 6901 State Road 62, Bowling Green, Florida 33834-9505.

The Innocence Project, which is affiliated with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Visit www.innocenceproject.org for more information. 

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  1. Jeanne Williams says:

    Oh my ,how much is 37 years locked up and being innocent worth? Prayers he can enjoy his life from now on!

  2. Karen Mcdaniel says:

    God bless your team for doing this kind of work. This poor man lost most of his life in prison. Happy he still has his Mom and will be able to spend time with her. She,no doubt has been in prison for those 37 years as we’ll. He has much to catch up on.The world has changed so much in 37 years. My prayers are for himto be able to move on with his life and find happiness and purpose.
    Thank the More forgiving him these wonderful people who believed in him and fought for his,release. Dance like the world isn t watching!
    You are blessed to have a sister and your mom to help you adjust to a new life of freedom! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

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