Monday, January 12, 2009

Man released from prison after new DNA evidence

January 12, 2009


A convicted killer is out of prison after 13 years behind bars.

Chaunte Ott was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 for the murder of a 16-year-old girl in Milwaukee.

Lawyers for the Wisconsin Innocence Project discovered DNA evidence on the girl's body, matching DNA found on two other women who were killed in the same area after Ott was in prison.

A judge ordered Chaunte Ott's release Thursday because of DNA evidence.

"It was like. I can't even express the gratitude I felt for the lawyers who believed in me and seen the facts for what they were," said Ott. "It's a dream come true. "

As for what he'll do now, Ott says he just wants to be a productive person and help his family any we he can.

He did not comment on the possibility of suing the state for the wrongful conviction.

"It still hasn't sunk in," said Ott, "It's like, It's shocking. I can't be happier. "

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