A Pennsylvania medical examiner says two women accused of being wrongly convicted by a local medical examiner have been exonerated.
The Pennsylvania State Police issued a statement on Wednesday, saying the state’s chief medical examiner was “convinced of the accuracy of their findings and their ability to independently verify the facts of their cases.”
The two women, both in their 30s, were exonerated in 2014 after a state judge ordered them released after they had been released from prison.
The ruling was based on testimony from an independent forensic psychiatrist who said that the two women had been convicted of the murder of their roommate in 2014.
The woman had not been a suspect in the case at the time she claimed she was raped.
The woman said she was taken to a motel in Pennsylvania when she was 15, then taken to the state hospital in Pelham, where she was kept for a year.
She was told that her roommate had committed suicide.
She said that when she asked to see her roommate, she was told she was going to prison.
She was then taken back to the Pelham Medical Examiner’s Office to be examined by a forensic psychiatrist, who ruled in her favor.
State Police Capt. Steve Trowbridge said that since the two were released, they have been working to “correct the records and ensure that our medical examiners are as accurate as possible.”
He said the two are now able to testify in court.
Trowbridge also noted that the medical examiner’s office will be using a system called a “medical opinion,” which requires the doctor to review the medical records to confirm that the woman’s testimony was accurate.
The two were also able to prove that the state medical examiner “did not conduct a thorough medical examination of them and that their cases were dismissed.”
The ruling comes after a federal judge in March rejected two of the cases, finding that there was insufficient evidence to support the claims made by the women.