- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Cape fines contractor $1,100 a day for street-project delays; contractor blames utility relocations (5/18/17)13
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
Wrongly convicted man gets pardon
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A man who was freed after serving 20 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit has been pardoned by Gov. Parris Glendening, the first step in the process of receiving financial compensation from the state.
Bernard Webster, 40, of Baltimore, was cleared of the crime by DNA evidence. With the pardon, Webster can now go before the Board of Public Works and ask for reimbursement for spending two decades at the Maryland Correctional Institution.
In 1994, the state awarded $300,000 to Kirk Bloodsworth, of Cambridge, who spent nine years in prison for the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl before DNA led to his release.
Webster always maintained his innocence. He kept working to clear his name, even though his sentence was shortened because of good behavior and he was to be released next month.
Webster was 19 when a 47-year-old woman identified him as the man who raped her; two other eyewitnesses testified that they had seen Webster at the woman's complex.