In 1990, Ricky Hammond was convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault in Hartford, Connecticut.
DNA analysis of the blood at the scene of the crime excluded Hammond. However, the prosecution built their case around the victim’s identification of Hammond. Hammond’s attorney contested the identification, claiming it was misleading. Unfortunately, the argument failed. Hammond was the only individual that was present in all three of the lineup pictures that were shown to the woman. Also, a hair found in the victim’s car was “consistent” with Hammond. Though the hair sample did not match Hammond, the prosecution pushed forward with the evidence.
In 1992, the Connecticut Supreme Court granted Hammond’s motion for additional DNA testing. The DNA profile of the semen excluded Hammond. He was released in 1992 when the District Attorney’s Office declined to re-try his case.