DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) Provides DNA Results that Lead to Exoneration of Longest-Serving Inmate

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DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) performed the DNA test that showed a Florida man was innocent of convictions made in 1974. After spending 35 years in prison—the longest time served by an exoneree to date—James Bain will be able to spend this Christmas with his family.

There’s no other lab that we would have wanted to put this case in the hands of, especially with the age of the case and the type of sample that we had.

An innocent Florida man will spend his first Christmas in 35 years at home with his family, rather than behind prison bars, thanks to a DNA test performed by DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) and the defense work provided by the Florida Innocence Project.

James Bain, now 54, was 19 when he was convicted of breaking and entering, kidnapping, and rape charges. The Innocence Project of Florida picked up his case in 2005, when the appellate court ordered a new hearing after Bain submitted his 5th motion for his case to be reopened for DNA testing.

In October, the Florida Innocence Project requested DNA Diagnostics Center to perform independent testing of DNA on evidence from the case. Bain’s DNA was compared with the perpetrator’s biological material obtained from the crime scene, and the analysis showed no match between his DNA profile and the evidence. After a brief hearing Thursday at the Polk County courthouse, Judge James Yancey ordered him freed.

Of the 245 DNA exonerees to date, Bain has served the longest prison term as an innocent man. Dr. Ellen Moscovitz, President and CEO of DNA Diagnostics Center stated, “This is a very profound moment for all of us at DNA Diagnostics Center. It underscores the importance and impact of the DNA testing we provide every day and reminds us that there is a precious human life attached to every specimen. We are so pleased to have been able to play a part in achieving justice and freedom for Mr. Bain.”

DDC’s Forensics Division serves as an independent DNA testing resource to defense lawyers and government prosecutors and works with many Innocence Projects across the country. Seth Miller, Director of the Innocence Project of Florida, commented, “We’ve worked with DNA Diagnostics Center on a number of cases now for over a year. Not only do their analysts do diligent work, but their customer service is top notch. There’s no other lab that we would have wanted to put this case in the hands of, especially with the age of the case and the type of sample that we had. We knew that DDC would take great care with it. We’re so thankful to DDC that they were able to help us find the truth and help with the release of Jamie Bain.”

In 2008, DDC’s testing was instrumental in the exoneration of Robert McClendon, an Ohio man who was imprisoned for 18 years before DNA testing proved his innocence. DNA Diagnostics Center’s forensic expertise in solving the unique challenges of post conviction cases, working with difficult specimens and limited evidence, has made it one of the most respected forensic laboratories in the nation.

About DDC
DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) is the world’s largest provider of private DNA tests. Since 1995, DDC has performed over a million genetic tests for clients around the world. DDC offers comprehensive DNA testing services in several specialty areas: including family relationship testing, forensics, and veterinary DNA testing. As the leading provider in the private DNA paternity testing industry, DDC was one of the first to adopt robotics technology in its laboratory processes for stringent and efficient handling of DNA samples. DDC’s unique Dual Process™ for family relationship testing ensures results of unmatched quality and reliability. DDC’s quality DNA testing services are nationally and internationally recognized by a number of professional accrediting organizations such as ACLASS (for ISO/IEC-17025), the AABB, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors–Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB-International), and the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Kathy Gantzer
DNA Diagnostics Center–Forensics Division
One DDC Way
Fairfield, OH 45014


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