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Santae Tribble declared innocent by D.C. Superior Court judge

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Santae Tribble, the man wrongfully convicted in 1978 of the murder of a D.C. cab driver, was properly declared innocent by a Washington, D.C. Superior Court judge.

Judge Laura A. Cordero issued the Certificate of Actual Innocence on Friday.

Tribble was convicted of murder after an FBI agent testified his hair almost certainly matched a hair found inside a stocking mask. All of the characteristics were the same he told the jury.

"I couldn't understand it. Prior to that, I never knew that a hair could be matched and I had gotten so paranoid at that point I was kind of thinking, well, they must have switched the hair. I know it's not my hair in the stocking mask," Tribble told FOX 5's Paul Wagner during an interview in May of this year.

But the agent and the science were wrong.

DNA was used to prove the hair found at the scene could not have come from Tribble.

"That was one of the greatest times that I can recall as far as dealing with this incident since it started," Tribble told Wagner back in May. "It was like the nightmare had finally ended. One of the things I asked my attorney was do I have to report to them anymore? It was a great feeling."


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