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  1. Status: Exonerated by DNA. Alternative Perpetrator Identified: Yes. Type of Crime: Homicide-related, Sex Crimes. Kirk Bloodsworth, a former Marine in Maryland, was the first person to be sentenced to death and subsequently exonerated.

  2. Nov 13, 2009 · Bloodsworth, who had been in Baltimore (which is close to Rosedale) at the time of Hamilton’s murder, later returned to his home in Cambridge and told friends that he had done something that...

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    Bloodsworth served in the US Marines, and was honorably discharged at the end of his term. He lived in coastal Maryland, where he worked as a waterman, harvesting shellfish and fish. In 1985 he was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault, rape, and first-degree premeditated murder in the 1984 case of Dawn Hamilton, a nine-year-old girl in Rosedale, ...

    Bloodsworth served as a program officer for The Justice Project. He helped gain support for the Innocence Protection Act (IPA) of 2001, later included in the omnibus Justice for All Act of 2004. Among other federal funding initiatives, the IPA established the "Kirk Bloodsworth Post-Conviction DNA Testing Program", intended to help states defray the...

    Bloodsworth is the subject of the documentary Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man(2015), directed by Gregory Bayne.
    The Bloodsworth case is a three-part series on YouTube's Murder with Friends(2018), a popular Web Series.
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  4. Mar 10, 2013 · Kirk Bloodsworth was the first person in the U.S. to be exonerated by DNA evidence after receiving the death sentence. Convicted in 1985 of the rape and murder of a young girl, he was released...

  5. Sep 5, 2019 · A mother-of-one took her own life after an intimate video of her and an ex-boyfriend filmed covertly was leaked on social media, an inquest heard today. Hayley Burrows was left devastated after...

  6. May 7, 2024 · In the July 2023 episode of Discussions with DPIC, Anne Holsinger, Managing Director of DPIC, speaks with Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person exonerated from death row by DNA evidence. Mr. Bloodsworth reflects on the thirty years since his exoneration and discusses the experience of being wrongfully convicted.

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