reports on Innocence Project client Jonathan D. Smith Sr. and Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project client David R. Faulkner, who were granted an evidentiary hearing on Monday by a Maryland judge. During the five-day hearing,Talbot County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Kehoe will reevaluate evidence from the crime scene which points to a different perpetrator in the 1987 murder for which Smith and Faulkner were sentenced to life in prison.
No physical evidence linked Smith or Faulkner to the murder of 64-year-old Adeline Wilford. Thirteen years after the crime, 16-year-old Ray Andrews implicated Smith and Faulkner after an eyewitness came forward claiming to have seen the three men fleeing from the crime.
In 2013, the Innocence Project and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project requested that a palm print from the scene of the murder be run through the state’s print database. The following year, the print was matched to a Maryland offender currently incarcerated.
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This article was corrected on January 8, 2016.