DNA exonerations prove eyewitnesses make mistakes


The Orlando Sentinel
In a Tampa courtroom in 1981, Alan Crotzer watched as five people took the stand and swore that he was one of the men who kidnapped a 12-year-old girl and 38-year-old woman during a botched home invasion. The child and woman testified that he later raped them.

But all five were wrong, and after spending 24 years in prison, Crotzer was set free in 2006 when DNA testing proved he couldn’t have been the rapist.