On June 4, 1994, while investigating a leak coming from an upstairs apartment in Palisade, Colorado, 19-year-old Jacie Taylor was found sexually assaulted and strangled in her bathtub. A police investigation led to Robert Dewey, who friends of Jacie Taylor said she feared. Dewey avoided police and was found in possession of a t-shirt soaked in grease, oil and blood.
The best blood testing available at the time confirmed that the blood matched Dewey, Taylor and 45 percent of the human population.
While semen found on a blanket, and skin beneath the fingernails of the victim did not match Dewey, he was still charged, with the prosecutor arguing, he must of had an accomplice.
Robert Dewey was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. With better DNA testing available, the blood on the shirt was confirmed to be entirely Dewey’s and the DNA evidence found at the scene came back as a match, for another man already serving a life sentence for a home invasion and rape.
Dewey was cleared of all charges and released on April 30, 2012. He has not been compensated for his time in prison.