Man receives $21 million after 39 years in prison for crime he didn't commit

“A key piece of evidence used to convict (the) defendant was found to not contain his DNA, but to instead contain the DNA of other individuals,” it said.

The investigation — which also included interviewing witnesses and re-creating the Coley case file from documents retained by his family and other sources — led Totten to believe “the evidence, as we now know it, would meet the legal standard for a finding of factual innocence.”