New rape trial is granted

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has ordered a new trial for a Pittsfield man convicted of rape, saying new DNA evidence in the case throws doubt on his conviction.

Ronjon Cameron was found guilty of two counts of rape in 2003 and sentenced to 12 to 16 years in prison. The accusations dated to 1999.

He maintained his innocence and appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court.

The court in a ruling released Wednesday said the new DNA evidence “would have cast doubt on the credibility of the complainant and rendered the commonwealth’s strongest corroborative evidence inadmissible.”

The 68-year-old old Cameron’s lawyer tells The Berkshire Eagle that her client is “overjoyed.”

Prosecutors called the decision “disappointing” and said they are still determining their next step.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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