Gov. Mark Warner will grant an unconditional pardon Wednesday
to a man who served 15 years in prison for a rape he did not commit,
the Washington Post reports. DNA tests last year ruled out trucker
Marvin Lamont Anderson as the source of genetic evidence at the
who is black, was 18 when a white Hanover County, VA, woman was
abducted from a wooded area and sexually assaulted by a black
man. Sheriff's deputies reportedly focused on him in part because
the assailant talked about having a white girlfriend and Anderson
was dating a white woman.
was picked out of a lineup by the victim and subsequently convicted
by an all-white jury and sentenced to 210 years in prison based
on the testimony from the victim. He served 15 years before his
parole in 1997 and has been a trucker since.
At an evidentiary
hearing during a 1988 appeal, another man confessed to the crime.
But the original judge in the case ruled that the man, who had
been linked to a bicycle seen in the area the day of the crime,
allows Anderson to petition the Hanover Circuit Court to remove
all police and court records relating to his conviction.