A Massachusetts man convicted in 1993 for a murder that occurred in 1985 has been granted a new trial after DNA evidence provided doubt about his guilt.
Thomas Rosa was convicted of killing 18-year-old Gwendolyn Taylor following three separate trials – one mistrial and one overturned conviction before a third and final conviction in 1993, according to the New England Innocence Project (NEIP). Rosa spent 34 years in prison before being released on October 15, 2020, following a judge’s order that he be freed while the Massachusetts Superior Court considers his motion for a new trial.
On September 6, Suffolk Superior Court Justice Michael Ricciuti issued a ruling that vacated Rosa’s original conviction but left the possibility for a new trial.
“Under a confluence of evidence analysis, the