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DNA clears Conn. man of killing after 20 years

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A man convicted of a 1986 rape and murder has been freed from prison after DNA testing showed he could not have committed the crime.

Kenneth Ireland was released Wednesday after Judge Richard Damiani granted him a new trial. Prosecutors are expected to drop the charges.

Ireland received a 50-year prison sentence in 1989 after being found guilty of killing Barbara Pelkey of Wallingford. The body of the mother of four had been found nude at the former R.S. Moulding and Manufacturing Co., where she worked alone at night.

Ireland is being represented by the Connecticut Innocence Project, which also helped to free two other men since 2006 after they were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.

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