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Harold Buntin



Rape and Robbery (including burglary)


50 years

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"Harold Buntin was wrongly convicted in absentia in 1986 of the 1984 rape and robbery of a dry cleaning store clerk, when Buntin was 15. Buntin was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Buntin was arrested in Florida in 1994 and extradicted to Indiana to begin serving his sentence. In June 2004 DNA tests excluded Buntin as the rapist, but he wasn't released until almost three years later on April 20, 2007, after 13 years of wrongful imprisonment. In August 2007 Buntin filed suit against his lawyer for malpractic related to the delay in his release from prison, and in January 2008 Buntin sued the Marion County Superior Court for the its handling of his case that delayed his release."

Conviction Caused By:

Erroneous eyewitness identification by the victim and he had the same blood type as the assailant

Innocence Proved By:

"DNA test on June 30, 2004 excluded Buntin as the rapist and robber."

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"I never should have been in jail' -- Indy man is angry that '05 order for his release was wrongly put in storage, By Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, April 24, 2007"

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