Inmate free after 28 years behind bars for crime he did not commit

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TUCSON – An Arizona man is free after serving 28 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

On Tuesday a judge in Washington, D.C. ordered the immediate release of 58-year-old Donald Eugene Gates after DNA testing showed he was innocent of the rape and murder of a young woman.

Gates was released from a federal prison in Tucson. He left the facility with $75, winter clothes and a bus ticket to Ohio, which is where he is originally from.

The work of a Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic analyst involved in the rape and murder investigation has now been called into question.