Allen H. Coco
Allen H. Coco was arrested in 1995 for aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of simple burglary.
The only evidence against Mr. Coco was a highly suspect cross-racial identification and blood evidence that was subject only to a broad blood typing test.
Mr. Coco was tried by a judge, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
IPNO investigated Mr. Coco's case and, in 2003, requested DNA testing of biological material that was collected from the crime. The DNA excluded him but the State resisted his release for seven months. Mr. Coco exited the State's correctional system in October 2006 to little fanfare, but to the immense delight of his family and friends.
Tragically, after a long battle with cancer that had started in Angola prison, Mr. Coco died on August 6, 2008 after only two years of freedom.
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