Ohio Rape Conviction Overturned

A man who spent the last 10 years in prison was cleared of a rape conviction after his accuser said she kept her eyes closed during the rape and couldn't identify her attacker.

Jimmy Williams' 1991 conviction was overturned Wednesday. He had been sentenced to life in prison.

"I'm an innocent man," he said. "I didn't think it would be this long, but the truth is out."

The woman testified Monday that she identified Williams by arbitrarily picking his photograph out of 17 police showed her.

"He was the only young, dark-skinned skinny person in the pictures I was shown," she said.

The woman was 12 at the time of the alleged attack.

At Williams' trial, doctors could not say whether a rape occurred. There was no semen or other biological material to test for DNA.

Williams was released on a $50,000 bond. Prosecutors have until Feb. 26 to decide whether to retry him.

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