Ronjon Cameron

14 Years

In September of 1999, a woman in Pittsfield, Massachusetts was raped in her apartment. The woman claimed that Cameron, who was living in the apartment complex at the time, had attacked her when she went to retrieve something from the apartment he was staying in. She claimed that Cameron smelt of alcohol and told police that he assaulted her that day in the apartment. She did not tell anyone about the assault until two days later and did not see a physician until one week had passed.

Cameron was convicted mainly on the eyewitness account of the victim. However, there were also flaws in the DNA testimony given during trial. A less comprehensive test stated that the DNA did not exclude or include Cameron. A doctor that testified at trial stated that the woman most likely would not show external signs of trauma because she waited so long to go to the doctor. Though Cameron testified that he did not commit the crime, he was sentenced to 12 to 16 years.

Cameron’s case was reviewed by the New England Innocence Project and was then accepted by Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services Innocence Program. In 2012, more advanced tests were done on the victim’s underwear. This test showed that the DNA on the underwear came from a woman, and could not match Cameron. Even with this information, a judge denied his motion for a second trial. Cameron appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in 2015 and the prosecution dismissed all charges.