Darryl Pinkins spent 26 years in prison serving time for a conviction in a brutal rape case. He swears he didn’t do it. So does Roosevelt Glenn, who along with Pinkins, was tried for the rape in 1993. DNA evidence available at the time did not tie either man to the case. Yet they were both convicted.
Maureen Maher and 48 HOURS investigate the evidence against Pinkins and Glenn and how a new DNA technology changed their fates forever, in an updated encore of “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” to be broadcast Saturday, Dec. 9 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. It’s a case that raises questions about the investigation process, the technology used decades ago, and how new investigative tools can upend old cases. Moreover, it’s a case that raises questions about how two men can be convicted of a crime when DNA evidence excluded them.
At the time of the trial, investigators had a pair of workman coveralls – the kind worn at the shop where Pinkins and Glenn worked – and a victim who said she could identify one of her five alleged attackers. They also had the DNA evidence.
Pinkins and Glenn’s fate seemed to be sealed behind bars until their cases drew the attention of Indiana law professor Fran Watson, who, along with her students over a 15-year period, continued to dig into the case and search for clues. Everything changed for them when a new technology called TrueAllele came along, which could separate the genetic mixture in the DNA evidence.
How did the professor and her students change Pinkins’ and Glenn’s lives? Maher and 48 HOURS were there when the results came in for this groundbreaking case.
48 HOURS: “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” is produced by Judy Rybak. Alicia Tejada is the field producer. Linda Martin is the update producer. Mike Baluzy is the producer-editor. George Baluzy is the editor. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.