DNA links two men in prison to cold case from 1983 that originally sent the wrong man to prison for 37 years
(CNN) Two men serving life sentences for murder in a Florida prison have been linked to two other murders with the help of newly discovered DNA samples, which led to the exoneration of another man who wrongfully served 37 years in prison for the rape and murder of Barbara Grams in 1983.
Amos Robinson and Abron Scott allegedly raped and murdered 19-year-old Grams, whose beaten body was found behind a dental office in Tampa Heights on August 18, 1983, Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren said during a news conference Thursday after he was suspended as the state attorney by Florida Gov.
Ron DeSantis for his stance against criminalizing abortion providers.
A grand jury indicted Robinson and Scott Thursday for the rape and murder of Linda Lansen, whose beaten body was found in Town and Country in July 1983 in bushes with a gunshot wound to the head, Warren said.
"These two men not only robbed me, but they robbed a 7-year-old little girl of her mother," said Linda Sheffield, Lansen's niece, during Thursday's news conference.
"When they're initially murdered, the shock is there, but 39 years later the shock is no longer there," she said.
"But the void stays, and the pain stays and the crying stays.
It doesn't go away."