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Destroyed evidence offers little chance of redemption for convicted

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 07, 2022 10:17 AM CT | Published: March 07, 2022 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Thomas Holloway, 60, has been on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry since he pleaded guilty in 1996 to rape. Four times a year, he is required to check in with the registry, keeping law enforcement up to date on his address, phone number, driver&rsquo;s license, car and other details about his life.&nbsp;</strong>(Ian Round/Daily Memphian)

Thomas Holloway, 60, has been on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry since he pleaded guilty in 1996 to rape. Four times a year, he is required to check in with the registry, keeping law enforcement up to date on his address, phone number, driver’s license, car and other details about his life. (Ian Round/Daily Memphian)

Some states require police to keep DNA evidence until the person convicted dies. But in Tennessee, it can be destroyed after a conviction is rendered, leaving no way for many cases to be revisited.

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Ian Round

Ian Round

Ian Round is The Daily Memphian’s state government reporter. He came to Tennessee from Maryland where he reported on local politics for Baltimore Brew. He earned a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland in December 2019.


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