Ex-soldier serving life for teen’s ’82 murder seeks DNA test
HONOLULU (AP) — A former U.S. soldier has been imprisoned for nearly 40 years for the attempted rape and murder of an Army officer’s teenage son, who was found dead in a bunker at a Hawaii base.
The Hawaii Innocence Project says Clifford Hubbard didn’t commit those crimes and is asking a judge to order DNA testing, which wasn’t available at the time. In a motion filed Friday, his lawyers say there’s no direct evidence linking Hubbard to the 1982 suffocation of 14-year-old Derek Kusumoto.
The motion says military prosecutors relied on a strand of hair and a soldier, who changed his statement six times, then went AWOL before Hubbard’s trial.
Innocence project co-director Kenneth Lawson says the motion took years to complete because they can only communicate with Hubbard via mail.
AP investigative researcher Randy Herschaft in New York contributed to this report.