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Joe Jones and Joel Russell both went to Topeka High School, missing each other by a few years. When Jones was convicted of a 1986 rape, lawyers speculated Russell may have been responsible. "They could have been brothers," is how one put it. Jones was released in 1992 after DNA evidence showed he wasn't responsible. But until now, there was no proof connecting Russell with the case. A Journal-World investigation found that DNA was still stored in a refrigerator in California, prompting Topeka police to reopen the case. Russell was charged with the crime in April 2012.

Joe Jones scans the area along South Kansas Avenue in Topeka where he was walking one night in 1985 and was the start of a major change in in life. Jones is trying to get his life together these days after spending nearly eight years in prison for rape. He was the first person in the state of Kansas cleared through DNA evidence.

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