TAMPA, FL (AP) — A Florida man who has spent the last 37 years in prison on a rape and murder charge has been ordered released after officials discovered new evidence that proved his innocence.
Robert Duboise, who’s 56, was serving a life sentence, convicted in 1983 for the murder of 19-year-old Barbara Grams.
Grams had been raped and beaten while walking home from her job at a Tampa mall.
Judge Christopher Nash ruled Duboise should be released immediately.
He’s scheduled to walk out of prison later Thursday.
The judge also scheduled Sept. 14 to hear a motion to overturn Duboise’s entire conviction.