DNA says Ruffin found wrongfully convicted 8 years after his death

Eva Gayle Patterson (photo submitted by family)
Eva Gayle Patterson (photo submitted by family)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A man who spent 23 years in prison for rape and murder and died in prison has been proved not guilty of his crime.

New DNA test results show Larry Ruffin along with Bobby Ray Dixon and Phillip Bivens were not responsible of the 1979 murder of Eva Gayle Patterson, according to a story by Jerry Mitchell in Wednesday's Clarion Ledger.

The Innocence Project, a national litigation organization dedicated to exonerating the wrongfully convicted, was instrumental in the testing.

Another person's DNA, Andrew Harris, was matched to the crime scene. He is serving time for rape in Parchman.