The only real evidence they had to arrest him was that he was in the building during and after the murder, otherwise Heins would not have been accused. Chad did not have any blood on his body, no scrapes, and there was no sign of any murder weapons. The victim, Tina Heins, had three hairs lying on her body that did not match to either chad or her own profile.
On January 1997: Chad Heins was sentenced to life in prison after Jury convicted him of first-degree murder and attempted sexual battery. He contacted the innocence Project in New York and to investigate his case. It took three years until Circuit Judge Charles Arnold granted the Innocence Project to retest the DNA in Heins' case. In December 23, 2006, Circuit Judge L. Page Haddock dismissed Heins conviction. The victim had skin cells under her fingernails and matched up to the DNA hairs. After concluding that Heins' was not guilty, the Judge retried Heins to trial but was postponed by Haddock when they found semen stains on Tina Heins' bed to the evidence in her body.