Charlie Buttrey

June 18, 2022

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In 1991, after a first trial in which he was convicted and sentenced to death, a jury found Robert Earl Hayes not guilty of murdering Pamela Albertson, who had worked with Hayes at the Pompano Beach racetrack in Florida. Though he was acquitted in that matter, Hayes is currently in prison, having pled guilty in 2004 to manslaughter, arson and burglary in connection with the killing of another racetrack worker in 1987.

Despite his guilty pleas, Hayes — who is eligible for parole in 2025 — maintained his innocence in the New York matter. His lawyers came up with a plan: they asked the Florida investigators to re-examine the strands of hair that were found clutched in Albertson’s hand. They figured that the DNA evidence would provide a link to another suspect and conclusively establish Hayes’ innocence in the New York matter.

It didn’t quite work out that way.

Investigators also retested DNA obtained from a vaginal swab of Ms. Albertson and, unfortunately, for Hayes, it was a match.

The good news for Hayes is that double jeopardy prevents him from being retried for Albertson’s murder.

The bad news is that the parole board may be a little less eager to release him under the circumstances.

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