New DNA tests set another Oklahoma prison inmate free

Wednesday, December 3rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

He spent 20 years in jail for a crime he did not commit. And Wednesday afternoon DNA testing has set Calvin Scott free.

Scott had been in prison since 1983 for a rape conviction out of Pontotoc County. Wednesday he walked out of a Lawton area prison and tasted freedom for the first time in two decades.

Genetic tests on a swab from the rape kit show Scott was not the victim's attacker. A hair sample taken from the victim's bed was what was used to convict him.

Scott is the fourth Oklahoma inmate released because of the DNA testing. Right now, he says it's all just overwhelming. Because of the statute of limitations the real rapist never will serve time.

Governor Brad Henry signed a law in May that allows people who are imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit to apply for as much as $175,000 in compensation.