Sex Crimes

Exonerated man released from Virginia prison after 33 years

This April 30, 2013 photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows Keith Allen Haward, convicted in 1982 of rape and murder in Newport News and serving a life sentence. The Virginia Supreme Court granted Harward's petition for a writ of actual innocence on Thursday, April 7, 2016, and ordered the Department of Corrections to release him from custody. Recent DNA tests failed to identify Harward's genetic profile in sperm left at the crime scene. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP)

This April 30, 2013 photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows Keith Allen Haward, convicted in 1982 of rape and murder in Newport News and serving a life sentence. The Virginia Supreme Court granted Harward's petition for a writ of actual innocence on Thursday, April 7, 2016, and ordered the Department of Corrections to release him from custody. Recent DNA tests failed to identify Harward's genetic profile in sperm left at the crime scene. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A man has been released from a Virginia prison after serving more than three decades for crimes authorities now say he didn't commit.

Keith Allen Harward walked out of the Nottoway Correctional Center on Friday after the Virginia Supreme Court agreed that DNA evidence proves he's innocent of the 1982 killing of Jesse Perron and the rape of his wife in Newport News.

Harward was a sailor on the USS Carl Vinson, which was stationed close to the victims' home. The prosecution in Harward's case leaned heavily on the testimony of two experts, who said Harward's teeth matched bite marks on the woman's leg.

Virginia's attorney general says the DNA evidence implicated Jerry L. Crotty, a former shipmate of Harward's who died in an Ohio prison in June 2006.