Jimmy Ryce Law: Should serial rapist go free? No decision after hearing

Jimmy Ryce Law: Should serial rapist go free? No decision after hearing

Tommie Lee Andrews, the rapist who was the first man convicted by DNA in the United States almost three decades ago arrives to an Orange County courtroom Friday for a daylong hearing. (Red Huber/OrlandoSentinel Staff Photographer)

Tommie Lee Andrews, the rapist who was the first man convicted by DNA in the United States almost three decades ago arrives to an Orange County courtroom Friday for a daylong hearing. (Red Huber/OrlandoSentinel Staff Photographer)

By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel , Oct 10, 2014 – Orlando – When Dr. Amy Swan interviewed convicted rapist Tommie Lee Andrews last month, he seemed to be up to his old tricks.

“Mr. Andrews actually recounted what kind of car I had, that I had a vanity plate on the car, that the headrest on the passenger side was set very high,” something the forensic psychologist described Friday as “stalking behavior.”

But Dr. Karen Parker, another forensic psychologist who studied Andrews’ case, interviewed him and came away with a vastly different opinion: Testifying for Andrews’ defense, Parker said she believed the man convicted by two juries almost three decades ago may, in fact, be innocent.

“I think there’s significant doubt, I do,” Parker said.

Four doctors testified Friday in a hearing to determine whether Andrews, who finished his prison sentence two years ago, should continue to be held at the Florida Civil Commitment Center in Arcadia, a city in Southwest Florida.

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