Washington man freed after DNA clears him in mom's death

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Posted: Dec 02, 2015 7:19 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state man convicted of killing his mother 15 years ago has walked out of prison a free man after investigators said new DNA tests linked another man to the crime.

Attorneys with the Innocence Project Northwest told The Associated Press that Donovan Allen left Clallam Bay Corrections Center on the Olympic Peninsula on Wednesday afternoon — a day after a prosecutor dismissed the case against him.

Allen was 18 when his mother, Sharon Cox, was killed in 2000. He confessed to police after a 14-hour-long interrogation. Though he later recanted, he was convicted of aggravated first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

Investigators said new DNA tests recently linked Cox's nephew, 42-year-old Brian Del Kitts, to the killing and he was arrested last week. Kitts pleaded not guilty Tuesday.