D.C. judge exonerates Santae Tribble of 1978 murder based on DNA hair test

DNA1A D.C. man who spent 28 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit was formally declared innocent by a Superior Court judge Friday, ending his long fight for exoneration.
Santae A. Tribble, 51, was convicted in the killing of a Southeast Washington taxi driver in 1978 after an FBI examiner traced his hair to a stocking found near the crime scene. The killer was wearing a stocking mask. Tribble always maintained his innocence, and after he served his sentence, DNA tests on the hair earlier this year excluded him as the source.